As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I liked the message of this blog!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is one of the best feelings we human beings can feel. When you are in a state of appreciation, you cannot at the same time be in a state of fear or lack. So focusing on gratitude can actually improve your day, your mood, and even your sleep. Studies have shown that making a gratitude list, even in your head, before sleep, gives people more and better sleep (this works for children, too.) For more fascinating information about the benefits of gratitude, read Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, by Robert Emmons.

In honor of the Day of Gratitude, I thought I’d offer a little gratitude exercise, especially for writers. I recommend you either print this out and fill in the blanks, as quick as you can, or just jot the answers in your journal as you read through the exercise.

Writer’s List of…

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About susancarey

Angela writes using pseudonym, Susan Carey. She has dual nationality, GB/NL and lives in Nijmegen. Susan has had short fiction published on multiple platforms and was a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Competitions. Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others: Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction, the Casket and of course the wonderful Writers Abroad. In 2020 she published her short story collection, Healer. Tweets at @su_carey
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  1. pfornari says:

    What an interesting exercise. I have always thought that Thanksgiving is such a good idea. It’s one festival that is missing from the European calendar. I always try to remember to feel thankful for something. This year it wasn’t difficult, with the peace agreement between Israel and Gaza. Let’s hope it lasts.


  2. susancarey says:

    I haven’t done the exercise yet, but plan to! As you say there’s always something to be thankful for and the peace agreement between Israel and Gaza has to be high on most people’s lists.


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