It's an interesting thing—Studies have been done, and its been found, people who describe them selves as tough, no nonsense, hard headed and hard hearted—are!
They have hardened arteries—in their heads (carotid arteries) and in their hearts.. Their tough stance has made their arteries tough. Being a block head—makes you a block head—and you stroke out. It shortens their lives.
Being a soft touch, being nonsensical, and soft hearted—well it does just the opposite. Its keeps your arteries soft, and flexible (as they should be) Its lengthens lives.
All those hard closed feeling we are prone to, (and we are all prone to them) are bad for us.
Good health comes from good food, and good practices, and good thinking.
Gratitude is one of those good thought.
Everyday should be a day of thanksgiving; not just Thanksgiving Day.
Like most, I often fall short, and fail to count my blessing, and give thanks for all that I have—I, too, need a special day to remind me, yearly, how blessed I am. To take stock, and not think about what I want, or think about what I think I need, but to look around and be thankful for all I have.
It not uncommon for me to remark, that every day, I am happier in my life—that this year, is the best year ever--(and it is, it is!) but its also not uncommon for me to dwell on those things I don't have (as if things mattered). I have to fight the impulse to be hard hearted—I have to work against the urge to be greedy and self centered. I have to work at appreciating and being thankful for all that I have (and I have, really, so many blessing!)
I hope each of you have a blessed day of thanksgiving-and can, for a while, realize how wonderful it is to have so much. Alone, or with family, be one with the world and give thanks.