Happy Thanksgiving from SellMyTimeshareNOW.com and VacationOwnership.com
Thursday, November 22, 2012
All of us at SellMyTimeshareNOW.com, VacationOwnership.com, and Timeshare Broker Services join in wishing you a happy, safe, and meaningful Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend.
However you observe Thanksgiving, or whether you observe it at all, consider taking a few moments today and reflecting on how your life and the lives of those around you can be changed when you pause to acknowledge your gratitude and share its expression with others.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is known as the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also the author of the book Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Having spent years studying gratitude, Dr. Emmons explains:
Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present. It magnifies positive emotions.
Research on emotion shows that positive emotions ware off quickly. Our emotional systems like newness. They like novelty. They like change. We adapt to positive life circumstances so that before too long, the new car, the new spouse, the new house—they don’t feel so new and exciting anymore.
But gratitude makes us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we’re less likely to take it for granted.
In effect, I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life. We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life. Instead of adapting to goodness, we celebrate goodness. We spend so much time watching things—movies, computer screens, sports—but with gratitude we become greater participants in our lives as opposed to spectators.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we hope you will use your expression of gratitude to help you find renewed value in your life; to empower yourself to experience your own life more fully, and to celebrate goodness.
Blessings to you and those you love on Thanksgiving!