Give thanks this holiday season


Zoe Harris, staff writer

Thinking about the things and people you are thankful for can make you happier.

The holiday season is the perfect time to rest, spend time with loved ones, and reflect on the good things in your life. Around the holidays, all of the little things feel magical. Being surrounded by happy attitudes and gratitude may have more effect than it seems, though. 

According to Harvard Health Publishing, “one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, and it’s built right into the holiday — being grateful.” Thinking about all the positive things about your life makes you feel grateful that you have them. It is a cycle of positivity that will nourish your soul.

Harvard Health Publishing also says, “Gratitude is….associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Positive thinking causes an overall positive mindset.

In a study conducted by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, it was found that “After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives.” 

Overall, it is a good idea to do some in-depth thinking about the things you are grateful for.