More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Natalie Chandler

When I was in Graduate School, I became depressed. Mostly from working and going to school, which kept my life out of balance. I remember reading something that talked about keeping a gratitude journal. I started writing down 5 things that I was thankful for everyday. It opened my eyes to see the importance of Gratitude. Now it's truly just a way of thinking for me. So I love our unconventional gratitude lists this week!

Opportunities for Education

My kids constantly moan and groan about going to school. I know that's normal. however, recently I visited India where education is a privilege, not the law! I saw kids running around in the middle of the day, roaming the streets because they weren't in school. I explained this to my children, and now we actually thank God for our school. Sure we still hear the Monday morning moaning, but it's quickly replaced with a thankful heart when we remember our friends overseas.

Clean Water

It is estimated that 780 million people live without clean water. They often have to walk miles to retrieve it and it is ridden with harmful bacteria and diseases that end up killing them. Yet we in America walk to a faucet multiple times a day to drink clean water, cook with it, and sanitize our hands. We don't even think about it. Yet it is a blessing. Be thankful for clean water. 

What are some things you are grateful for that you take for granted? Take some time to think this week about things you have everyday and don't even notice, but you would really miss if you didn't have it. Take time to be thankful. 

Thank you for reading this week. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Written by Natalie Chandler, LMHC, LCAC. 

Natalie enjoys being a Therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She has expertise in marriage counseling, relationship counseling, as well as working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and addictions. She specializes in couples working through affair recovery. Imagine Hope as a group specializes in children, adolescents, and adults. They serve the Indianapolis area including Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, and the surrounding Indianapolis suburbs.