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Thanksgiving adds to healthy living

Pass the gravy please and thank you!  A big part of Thanksgiving tradition involves family recipes and food…lots of food.  And while we all know the dangers of excessive eating, it turns out gratitude in big portions is good for us.

How good?  The effects of thankfulness on health are measurable according to researchers who have been studying the connection with great interest.  One example: Robert Emmons at the University of California-Davis and Michael McCullough from the University of Miami have deduced that people feel better physically and mentally when counting their blessings. Their study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The two psychologists open their report with a Charles Dickens quote: “Reflect on your present blessings, on which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”  The researchers studied three groups each with a different assignment.  One group focused on things they were grateful for over a one week period.  Another group concentrated on daily irritations over the same period, while a third group dealt with things that had impacted their lives with no positive or negative emphasis.  It turned out that over a ten week span, those focusing on gratitude experienced fewer health complaints and felt better about their lives.

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Life lessons from a turkey

Turkey has two definitions in my family. 1) A large North American bird.  2) An endearing term used to describe an individual who has flubbed up in some way.

And around Turkey Day (American slang for Thanksgiving Day) both meanings periodically come together to teach simple lessons about life and character.  

from *clairity*

 

MAKE THE BEST OF IT

One year the turkey (large North American bird) was prepared and placed lovingly in the oven to roast while the family went off to church to express gratitude for so many blessings.  Going to church on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition for us.

When opening the back door upon returning home, smoke came wafting out of the kitchen.  SAVE THE TURKEY! (large American bird) was the immediate reaction.  So I went to open the oven door and as I did, flames ignited around it.  Now the smoke was black and heavy. Continue reading Life lessons from a turkey

Thanksgiving Day 2010

Thursday, November 25th is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. 

Christian Science Churches across the country are holding special Thanksgiving Day services to commemorate the observance. To locate a Church of Christ, Scientist in your area, you can click here.  A special live edition of the Thanksgiving My Bible Lesson is available here.

The President’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation is part of the service. 

Presidential Proclamation–Thanksgiving Day

      A beloved American tradition, Thanksgiving Day offers us the opportunity to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.  This spirit brought together the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe — who had been living and thriving around Plymouth, Massachusetts for thousands of years — in an autumn harvest feast centuries ago.  This Thanksgiving Day, we reflect on the compassion and contributions of Native Americans, whose skill in agriculture helped the early colonists survive, and whose rich culture continues to add to our Nation’s heritage.  We also pause our normal pursuits on this day and join in a spirit of fellowship and gratitude for the year’s bounties and blessings.

      Thanksgiving Day is a time each year, dating back to our founding, when we lay aside the troubles and disagreements of the day and bow our heads in humble recognition of the providence bestowed upon our Nation.  Amidst the uncertainty of a fledgling experiment in democracy, President George Washington declared the first Thanksgiving in America, recounting the blessings of tranquility, union, and plenty that shined upon our young country.  In the dark days of the Civil War when the fate of our Union was in doubt, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a Thanksgiving Day, calling for “the Almighty hand” to heal and restore our Nation.

      In confronting the challenges of our day, we must draw strength from the resolve of previous generations who faced their own struggles and take comfort in knowing a brighter day has always dawned on our great land.  As we stand at the close of one year and look to the promise of the next, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to God for our many blessings, for one another, and for our Nation.  This Thanksgiving Day, we remember that the freedoms and security we enjoy as Americans are protected by the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  These patriots are willing to lay down their lives in our defense, and they and their families deserve our profound gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

      This harvest season, we are also reminded of those experiencing the pangs of hunger or the hardship of economic insecurity.  Let us return the kindness and generosity we have seen throughout the year by helping our fellow citizens weather the storms of our day.

      As Americans gather for the time-honored Thanksgiving Day meal, let us rejoice in the abundance that graces our tables, in the simple gifts that mark our days, in the loved ones who enrich our lives, and in the gifts of a gracious God.  Let us recall that our forebears met their challenges with hope and an unfailing spirit, and let us resolve to do the same.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 2010, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.  I encourage all the people of the United States to come together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

              BARACK OBAMA

Happy Thanksgiving.

Steven Salt