Debbie Monterrey (@DebbieMonterrey)By Debbie Monterrey

by Debbie Monterrey (

Poor Thanksgiving.

Every year, it seems more and more to be an impediment, a speed bump, an obstacle in the race to Christmas. And that’s a shame.

Thanksgiving is our simplest holiday, which makes it my favorite. There are no presents to buy, no cards to send, no pre-parties to schedule, no caroling. Just sitting down to a feast with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company, and talking about what we are grateful for in our lives.

Gratitude is important, now more than ever.

Dr. Tim Bono, who studies the science of happiness at Washington University, says gratitude is  “the simplest, most robust way to increase happiness.”

In his upcoming book, “When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness,” Bono says, “When we regularly think happy thoughts, regions of the brain that correspond to positive emotions become larger, and it becomes easier to think more positively in the future.” And the same goes for thinking negative thoughts.

Hear the full interview with Dr. Bono on the Aisha & Debbie Dish podcast.

In other words, if you want to be happier, don’t wait for Thanksgiving to show gratitude. Each and every day, think about the good things in your life. Think about the good things you have. Think about ways to spread joy to others. Compliment people.

If you tend to be a person looking for your daily dose of outrage, retrain yourself to look on the bright side. Research show us that people with positive outlooks live longer, are healthier, heal from surgery more quickly. There’s simply no downside to being positive.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

# # #