The workplace ranks dead last among the places people express gratitude, from homes and neighborhoods to places of worship. Only 10% of adults say thanks to a colleague every day, and just 7% express gratitude daily to a boss, according to a survey this year of 2,007 people for the John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken, Pa., a nonprofit organization that sponsors research on creativity, gratitude, freedom and other topics. Spouses, partners, children, parents, friends and mere acquaintances are up to four times more likely to get a thank-you, participants said.
That is why Blogging Boomer Carnival #287 is focused on giving thanks to the people we care about and to what we have received in our lifetime. Thanksgiving is a significant cultural meme that goes back deep into our history:
By the time fall arrived in 1621, things were going much better for the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1620 to what today we call Plymouth, MA within the United States of America, thanks to the help they had received. The corn they planted had grown well. There was enough food to last the winter. They were living comfortably in their Indian-style wigwams and had also managed to build one European-style building out of squared logs. This was their church. They were now in better health, and they knew more about surviving in this new land. The Pilgrims decided to have a thanksgiving feast to celebrate their good fortune. They had observed thanksgiving feasts in November as religious obligations in England for many years before coming to the New World.
Today, here is what we are thankful for:
Laura Lee over at the Midlife Crisis Queen says, "Humility has taught me to feel gratitude for every day I am given." Learn more about how humility and gratitude are healthy!
SoBabyBoomer is thankful for the heartfelt acknowledgment we receive from boomers who visited our blogging boomer carnivals over the last five years.
Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist blogging at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, is thankful for her family and having a house to live in and a car to drive. Rita also is thankful she has health care insurance.
Tom Sightings knows plenty of people who decided not to get married, who decide not even to get roommates. They choose to live the solo lifestyle, which does offer its advantages. But he is thankful for the people he lives with -- his Significant Other, as well as various children who occasionally stop by for a visit, all people who love him, support him, dine and sleep with him, and occasionally annoy the hell out of him.
What are you thankful for today?