Why Thanksgiving Is Good For Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Research shows practicing gratitude improves physical and psychological health. It helps us rewire our brains for positivity and activate the reticular activating system.

That is, when you consistently practice giving thanks, your mind starts searching and finds more things to be thankful for. You experience more goodness (and spread more goodness) everyday as a result.

Research also shows connecting with others and doing little acts of service, like volunteering at a shelter, donating some nonperishable foods, or hosting dinner for your huge extended family, improves physical and psychological health.

Go figure. A day that we like to shove our faces with pumpkin pie, gravy, and turkey (in that order, dessert first!) actually signals two of the most effective ways of improving one’s psychological and physical health.


So this year, whether you’re in charge of the meal, or just in charge of scoffing down your fair share, make sure to make time to say, “thanks” to the host and thanks to life for another year around the sun. But also remember to give, to yourself and of yourself.

It’s not only good for others when you do these things, but good for you, too.

That said, I hope that you and the family that’s yours or the family that you’ve chosen, have a wonderful day watching football, saying Grace, stuffing your faces, passing out in random places, and farting a whole lot.

And oh, I just want to say thank you for following this journey, for taking the time to read these posts. I am forever grateful.


Kate Ward