More people in the US celebrate Thanksgiving than they do Christmas?
Did you know that more people in the US celebrate
Thanksgiving than they do Christmas?
I was amazed when I read that. But it makes
sense, as there is no religious connotation to
What is the real story of Thanksgiving anyway?
Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621
celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the
religious refugees from England known commonly as
the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to
a harvest feast after a particularly successful
The previous year’s harvests had failed and in the
winter of 1620, half of the pilgrims had starved
Luckily for the rest, members of the local
Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims how to grow
corn, beans and squash. There was no Turkey. There
goose, lobster, cod and deer for thanksgiving
Why no turkey?
One of the Pilgrims wrote a letter about that now
so famous meal in 1621, which mentioned a turkey
hunt before the dinner. Who know maybe they
couldn’t catch a turkey. Wild turkeys have very
powerful legs and can run at speeds up to 25 miles
per hour. Their top speed in flight is 55 miles
To the Indians, Thanksgiving would mean a totally
different thing than the white pilgrims who would
have most likely starved to death if the Indians
didn’t help them. To the Native Americans
Thanksgiving this was the beginning of their end
even if they didn’t know it. – a time where they
had given up their land in return for gifts that
were full of disease – which would kill many of
them later down the road. As long as we are
talking about disease and health
One of the Big reasons to be thankful is for your
health. Thanksgiving is ultimately a holiday
centered on gratitude. Giving thanks and being
thankful, has major health benefits.
Research has linked gratitude with an increase in
self-esteem, resiliency and overall life
satisfaction. “The person expressing the
gratitude is thinking about their gratitude more,
so they themselves feel better and their gratitude
is stronger. It’s also good for the person
receiving the gratitude because they feel
appreciated and it makes them want to express the
Being grateful one is more likely to demonstrate
self-control, which can help them make better
decisions regarding behaviors like healthy eating
This holiday be thankful, but just one day of
thankfulness isn’t going to make you a healthier
person,” one needs to be consistent all year and
you and the people you work and play with will
feel the difference being around you.
I wish you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. Be
Grateful for all you have, do, or dream of.
Dr. Wu Dhi
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