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Give thanks today and every day

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. November 15, 2011

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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    www.nami.org
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Let me share with you one of the most effective techniques for enhancing the well-being of those around you. I'm talking about a gift, but it doesn't involve money. It's the gift of appreciation. It's knowing how to give thanks. Let me explain.

I'm a struggling piano player. I can put together a few simple chords and a couple of melodies that are recognizable as songs. The other day a colleague commented that he enjoyed listening to my musical efforts. Now he knows and I know that I shouldn't give up my day job. Nevertheless, his acknowledgment of my efforts was an incredible gift.

It made me stop and think about how often I may have missed an opportunity to thank or praise someone. So the tip for the day: Tell those around you how much you admire them or appreciate their efforts. If everyone would give thanks, the world would be a better place.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Nov. 15, 2011