The Importance of Being Grateful

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

The holidays can be a hectic time, but it’s always important to slow down and give thanks for our family, friends, homes and other blessings. At our recent General Membership Meeting, we asked League members what they are thankful for.  The responses are varied, but one thing is sure – we are a grateful bunch! Read their responses and let us know what you are thankful for in the comments!

The Junior League of Richmond thanks our members, leadership, and community partners for all that they do to better our city. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



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