November 24, 2010 | 09:43 am

Wednesday - Whatever Happened to Thanksgiving?

As a boy I remember Thanksgiving as a pretty big deal. But now it is simply a few days off between Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving has become but a blip on the holiday radar. It would be to our detriment if we also let the importance of being thankful slip away as well. I read an article in Psychology Today that says gratitude is the “forgotten factor” in research on happiness. Studies are now showing that people who express and receive gratitude have better physical, mental, and emotional health. Gratitude is more than polite thank you’s. It is considering those things for which we are truly grateful. There is something about human nature that makes it all too easy to focus on what we don’t have. Meanwhile we overlook the things and people who have positively impacted our lives in countless ways, large and small. Maybe this is why in 1 Thessalonians it says “in everything give thanks” (5:18) and the Psalms echo this by saying “It is good to give thanks to God” (92:1). If we incorporate gratitude into the practice of our faith and the pattern of our lives, we are filling a reservoir of joy and happiness that always is with us. What are you thankful for today?