Taking the “Thanks” out of Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings that we may be thankful for.  This is one day year that gives extra special attention to our ability to be thankful and grateful.  Take a moment to read an important article posted on Psychology Today written by psychologist, Robert L. Leahy.


In this article, Robert Leahy discusses our ability to be thankful every day.  In fact, many of us express thanks and gratitude on a regular basis and do not realize we are doing so.  Giving thanks every day also enables you to find a positive aspect to each day.  This can help combat negative, depressive thinking.  Expressing a gratitude every day can also build a general sense of happiness and confidence.

Take some simple steps to improve your ability to be thankful daily:

  • First, be more mindful! You may already be doing this and not realize it.
  • Notice patterns of negative thought, are they overwhelming you? If so, attempt to challenge them and replace them with a positive.
  • Start and end each day with a positive thought; particularly something good that happened that day.
  • End each day with a gratitude; what are you grateful for today?
  • Share your thanks with others, modeling for others can encourage them to do the same.

So let your holiday kick-start a new season of “Thanks” and gratitude!

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2014

International Surivors of Suicide Loss Day 2014

Hosted by: Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness

Survivor of Suicide Day

Reaching Out Can Change Your Life: You are not Alone

Join with a community of suicide loss survivors as we share stories of healing and hope.


11:30     Welcome with lunch and refreshments

12:30    Screening of The Journey

1:15     Presentation by local guest speaker who will share her own experience with loss

1:45     Small group discussion that will allow survivors a chance to share and connect

2:45     Closing

The Journey

Each gathering will feature a screening of The Journey, AFSP’s new documentary that tells the stories of a diverse group of suicide loss survivors.  It is a poweful film that shows how each survivor is weathering the loss of a loved one, and how they are finding their way back to a life rich in meaning- and even joy.


Saturday, November 22, 2014



Fox Valley Institute

640 N. River Road, Suite 108

Naperville IL 60563




Jennifer Logston, MSW, LCSW


630.718.0717, ext. 211


The link for registration may be found at: www.fvinstitute.com


Learn More at SurvivorDay.org