Celebrate November by making a gratitude pumpkin for a month full of thanks
When you're in the midst of a busy day, it's easy to forget about the people and things for which you're grateful. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams demonstrates how to create a gratitude pumpkin.
ROCHESTER — Gratitude helps you stay in the moment and focus on the positive instead of the negative. An ever-expanding body of research supports the idea that gratitude provides health benefits. An article published online by UC Davis Health notes that gratitude may help people get through tough times. And that gratitude increases happiness and may boost immunity and lower blood pressure.
For many people, the month of November -- the Thanksgiving month -- is all about giving thanks and taking time to remember people and things for which we're grateful. Creating a gratitude pumpkin is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate it with your friends, family or even on your own.
How to make a gratitude pumpkin:
- Pumpkin or gourd
- Permanent marker
- Each day, from now until Thanksgiving, write one thing for which you're grateful on your pumpkin. Start at the top near the stem and spiral the words downward. By the time the Thanksgiving holiday is here, your pumpkin will be covered with things that make you happy.
Follow the Health Fusion podcast on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts. For comments or other podcast episode ideas, email Viv Williams at email@example.com. Or on Twitter/Instagram/FB @vivwilliamstv.