Every time I take the VIA Character Strengths inventory my top character strength remains the same: gratitude. While my other top four usually rotate around (but typically include Ability to Love and be Loved, Zest and Curiosity) the character strength of gratitude has consistently remained at the top. So it is probably not surprising that I love the idea of Thanksgiving.
It is my hope, however, that we don't limit our expressions of gratitude and thankfulness to the month of November. We all know that we should be grateful often, but there is empirical support for this idea as well. Seligman, Steen, Park and Peterson (2005) found that participants who kept a daily gratitude journal for one week experienced a major increase in their happiness and quality of life scores. In fact, this bump in happiness was sustained even after the experiment was over.
Here are a few things for which I am truly grateful:
Access to all the necessities.
Gold nail polish.
Books. Real books
Cute hedgehogs. Non-cute hedgies don't exist
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No joke
Small acts of kindness.
Vegetarian options on the menu.
Matthew David Manfriend.
YOU, my wonderful blog readers.