- Leticia Latino
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite American Holiday. I admit, that there are some others, like Halloween, that I haven't fully embraced in the 25 years I've been living in the US, but Thanksgiving, that's a different story. To try to convey the importance of the Holiday, I tell my international friends, that in a country where things never truly stop, on Thanksgiving, they basically do. I tell them that what they feel in Europe or Latin America on Christmas Day, I feel it in the US on Thanksgiving day (even more so than in Christmas).
It is, in my opinion, the most American of Holidays and while it commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, it is really a day when people stop to observe what they are grateful for, and to thank God (the Universe, or whatever higher force they believe in) for the good in their lives.
A holiday called THANKSGIVING, every country should have such a day!
There have been too many studies on the practice of Gratitude to even try to count them, but they all have scientifically backed data proving that this practice can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, and facilitate more efficient sleep. Gratitude reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders, and is a key resiliency factor in the prevention of suicide, amongst many many other benefits. It is an incredible thing to have a day, as a country, where we can all collectively express gratitude and overwhelm the energetic field with good vibes!
During holidays like this, I also like to promote the idea of “disconnecting to reconnecting”, be more present, embrace human connection, go back2basics.
It is a time to reconnect to all that’s important to you and to be grateful for it. I know I am grateful for family, friends, health, and the ability to show up in the world every day and contribute to it in the small ways I can.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours and let’s all embrace a daily practice of gratitude as it is the best tool we have to keep negativity and detrimental emotions out of our lives. Make every day a Thanksgiving day!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One as though everything is a miracle. The other is as though nothing is.” – Albert Einstein
Please use #Time2Reconnect in your Holiday Pics to help create awareness!