I’ll expand this post out in a while[, done!], but as you know, Thursday was American Thanksgiving Day. I want to write a blog post about keeping the good things that friends do for you always in mind.
I spent most of my life as a either a student or a professional. I have my circle of friends, my family, too, of course. For me, though, it’s easy to get caught up in some project or issue–2010 has actually been somewhat of a predicament, perhaps!–and in those times or moments you lose sight of the fact that you have friends. And that, for whatever number of things may not be right at a given moment, there are usually hundreds and hundreds that are going right.
People who study happiness as a thing, and this would be guys like Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania, are pointing out that gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand. People who do more thinking about the nice things done by others, for them, are more likely to be happy. One habit feeds the other.
Religion probably had that figured out, in a way, thousands of years ago. Being grateful for the miracles of the world is something closely joined to spirituality, as you see in many of the popular religions all over the world.
A high school classmate who posts occasionally on Facebook, and who was probably one of the all-around cool people then, occasionally puts up a comment about God and things to be thankful for. For Thanksgiving, he listed maybe three things to be thankful for, and it was along the lines of: my friends, my family, my faith.
Religion appeals to me more these days when the ideas are taking out of the box a bit. My friends, my family, my faith. At the end of the day, this is what you have, really. This is all people really have had through the years.