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In a Thanksgiving State of Mind

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Daniel Whyte III

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Thanksgiving is one of those rare times when many people collectively pause to reflect on their past and their present. Most of the time, we are focused on the future and what we can get. However, during this holiday at least, millions of people turn their attention to gratitude and giving thanks for what one has. As I wrote in my Thanksgiving book, Money Under the Car Seat, I believe that we ought not to only pause "on the fourth Thursday of the month of November, but each day of the year, we ought to be in a Thanksgiving state of mind." 

Here is one reason why: Psychologist Bill Gaultiere states that "gratitude research shows that thankfulness has the strongest link to mental health and physical well-being of any of the thirty most commonly studied personality traits. Some of the gratitude research goes beyond correlational research to show that gratitude actually has a causal effect on our well-being." This research shows that, compared to other people, grateful people are: happier, less stressed, more social, more purposeful, better sleepers, more healthy, more generous, and even more financially secure. 

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