Much has been studied and written about the “feel good” benefits of giving back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food bank or simply taking time to express gratitude for the people and things that bring us joy, taking time to share our time, our talents, or our thanks can truly create what some refer to as the “helper’s high.”

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated in October; in the U.S., it is always the fourth Thursday of November. But don’t limit your gratitude to one day—or even one month. Find joy in extending thanks for things big and small—whether it’s someone letting you merge onto the highway or a long-overdue raise.

Science tells us that when we give back, we can enjoy better health and live longer. And the best part is, expressing gratitude doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In my next post, I’ll share just a few small suggestions and reminders of how easy it can be…and how much better you will feel for doing it!

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