The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)
Judging by recent research, celebrating Thanksgiving can actually make us healthier. Studies have shown that being thankful improves our physical and emotional health. Holding on to feelings of thankfulness boosts our immune system and increases blood supply to our heart. Living in the exercise of gratitude can help to improve sleep and lessens stress and depression.
However, living in this spirit of gratitude is often difficult and does not come naturally. We tend to focus our energies on the problems that we face. St. Paul in Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful in all circumstances, especially when we are struggling. We can focus on the blessings that we have and it is easier to keep our trials in the proper perspective.
Suggestion for this Thanksgiving Day! Have you ever seen the movie "Pollyanna"? It is a must at this time of the year. Pollyanna is a young girl who recently lost her father and is sent to live with her aunt. Pollyanna aunt, Poly lived her life angry at her sister for leaving the family circle to follow her dreams. Pollyanna is her sisters child. The sense of duty impels her to take the child but love does not come naturally.
Pollyanna bright and happy outlook on life becomes contagious as she teaches the whole town to play the "Glad game" taught to her by her late father. In so doing, she helps to transform the lives of all she meets, including eventually her aunt.
Pollyanna then suffers an accident which leaves her paralyzed. Will she be able to play her "Glad game again? Watch the movie this Thanksgiving and see. It is a must for the whole family. in our
And in our prayer this thanksgiving, let us .."rejoice and be glad..", as the gospel tells us, and offer our own thanksgiving to Our Heavenly Father for all that He has given us.