Your Soul Food for Thanksgiving Week 2021: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Happy Soul Food Friday,

This week: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Speaking of giving, first, thanks to all of you that supported last week’s campaign for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Together we raised $111,851 in support of these critical issues facing our community.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”:

Gratitude is simply giving thanks for the people and things in your life. Here are the ways gratitude can benefit you:1

  • Lower your risk of major depression, anxiety, phobias and substance misuse
  • Help you sleep better
  • Lower your stress

Gratitude can transform you in the moment. Simply think of three things you are thankful for. For example, “I’m thankful for coffee and I enjoy a cup each morning. Or, “I’m thankful for the beautiful sunset each day. When we think about things we’re thankful for, it focuses our mind on a comforting thought. The brain responds with pleasant signals throughout the body. When this happens, you can stop stress in its path. That’s something worth giving thanks for too. 

The Surprising Benefits of Gratitude:

When facing as much uncertainty as we have over the last year, resilience comes to mind as an increasingly critical skill. Resilience enables us to remain optimistic amidst disruption and destabilization. But what effect does focusing on the positive have on resilience?

Practice Gratitude to Gain Resilience (

Instead of Asking What Are You Thankful For? This Year, Try This
Every year millions of people sit around holiday tables and say what they are thankful for.

That’s great, but here is a proactive question to make the world a little better.

Don’t Ask “What Are You Thankful For?” Try This Instead |

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)
YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work:

Americans are less likely to say “thanks” on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work (

Champion Gratitude in the Workplace:

Foster civility in the workplace and don’t just engage people but enable them and energize them to create great culture

Champion Gratitude in Workplace! – Marshall Goldsmith

And Last But Certainly Not Least, Be Grateful for our Tiny Blue Planet:

Many moons ago, a NASA space mission was leaving the solar system when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a last series of photos of Earth across a great expanse of space. The attached video’s accompanying words spoken by Carl Sagan are even more relevant and moving today.

Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot – YouTube


Thanks this week go to Paula M, Bob C, and all of you that practice an attitude of gratitude!

Pay it forward and here is wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!



“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”Gilbert K. Chesterton

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