Today being Thursday, I was searching online for some writing ideas about this day of the week; I came across the site Happier Human which had a post about Thankful Thursday by Sarah Kristenson. I’ve not heard of that term before, although of course I realize the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving is always celebrated on a Thursday (fourth Thursday of November).
So, it turns out Thankful Thursday is a gratitude practice based on Thanksgiving. Digging deeper, I learned that Thankful Thursday was introduced by Jeremy Watkin at Phone.com as a way to incorporate gratitude into the workplace. Every Thursday, anyone in the company could take a moment to share their gratitude for something at work or outside of work. Jeremy was the pioneer of this special day, and it brought many smiles to the faces of the team. Others have carried on the practice.
Giving thanks and expressing gratitude is a profound habit that may create a more optimistic impression and appreciation for life. Much scientific research shows that practicing gratitude on a routine basis can profoundly affect your health, happiness, and success.
I think it synchronistic that I learned of the concept Thankful Thursday this particular week. You see, this past Monday I started a new job at a highly respected research university and I have been thanking Spirit throughout each day, and expressing my gratitude to anyone who asks how I am enjoying my new workplace and job. In this organization, people are really appreciated, respected, listened to, and supportive of others. There is a life-work balance, and the work is right up my alley. I’ve not worked in such a place in all my decades of working a job. I am so grateful. I am so very thankful to be in such energy, especially in a workplace!
Of course, any day of the week I can be thankful and express gratitude. I just happened to land upon this uplifting gratitude practice during a week where I’ve been in a constant flow of gratitude.
Thank You, Spirit!