Now that Thanksgiving is over in Canada and in the States, are you still giving thanks for all the wonderful things that you have? From pictures I’ve seen of Black Friday sales, it appears that many people have quickly traded their thankfulness into greed. It is so sad that people can put so much emphasis on gaining material possessions, that they would stand in line for hours or push and shove people to get what they want.
Society has created a monster in people, one that has a deep desire to spend lots of money trying to find happiness in all the piles of stuff they buy, often resulting in huge debt. According to a Bank of Montreal report, the number of Canadians in debt grew from 74% in 2012 to 83% in 2013. In the States the total consumer debt is over $11 million. All of this debt is not creating more happiness, in fact it is creating more stress, anxiety and depression. Marriages are in trouble because of financial problems and relationships are struggling. People just can’t handle the pressure of being in debt, yet they keep spending because ‘THEY’ say it is okay. ‘THEY’ tell us that we need stuff to be happier, make more friends, have power and get better jobs. And who is ‘THEY’? It is all the companies who are making money causing people to overspend, get into deep debt and often end up filing for bankruptcy. So how does this make us happy. It doesn’t!
Happiness is found in being content with what we have. Instead of wishing we had a lot of things that we don’t really need and can’t afford to buy, spend time instead of money, giving thanks for the things you already have. Spend time with your family, especially your children. They would much rather have you spend time with them than go out and spend time looking for those toys and trinkets. If they would rather have ‘stuff’ than they have already learned to be greedy and this isn’t good because they will end up making poor choices with their money.
Learn to be thankful and teach your children to be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving but every day of the year. Whether your family gathers around the table for a meal, have everyone think about something they are thankful for and share your thoughts. If you normally eat by yourself, ask yourself what you can be thankful for. Being thankful is a good way to become happy about everything in life and everyone around you. Here are some of the things that I’m thankful for:
- my wonderful family
- my two awesome girls
- my adorable grandson
- having a house to live in
- having enough food to eat
- having a comfortable bed to sleep in
- being warm
- my job
- enough money to pay bills
- good health
- being able to eat out sometimes
- taking vacations
- my writing skills
- my creativity
- being able to see, hear and smell
It is sometimes hard to be thankful in this materialistic world, but if you think with your heart, you can always find something to be thankful for.
What are you thankful for? Grab a pen and a piece of paper and start making your own list.