Why is saying thank you good for everyone?

As a positive psychologist I can assure you that when your parents taught you the importance of saying those two small words ‘thank you’, they weren’t just doing it to make themselves look like good parents.  They were also doing it to help you out.

Whilst many people believe that saying thanks is a kind gesture to the person you are thanking, research conducted by Grant & Gino (2010), reveals that showing a bit of gratitude is good for the giver too.  Additionally, they found that if you thanked someone, the person being thanked was more likely to go out of their way and show a bit of discretionary effort (they volunteered to assist) to help the person issuing the ‘thank you’.

This is nothing new and ground breaking.  But at this time of year, most of us go out and spend our hard earned dollars on gifts to give as a sign of thanks to those who are important in our lives.

If you’re running low on funds this year or feel like doing something extra special, spend a bit of time crafting something yummy and healthy to give away.  Ask any person dealing with health issues – because at the end of the day the most important thing you can give anyone is their health….and love.

My favourite ideas are:

-Homemade raw brownie balls

-Cookies or Cakes

-Homemade granola

-Preserved lemons

-Homemade sauerkraut or kim chi

Here are some super fabulous moist cookies full of Thanksgiving Love.

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PUMPKIN AND PECAN THANKSGIVING COOKIES

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Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree (preferably homemade)

½ cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons spelt/buckwheat/oat flour

¼ cup coconut sugar

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon molasses

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon all spice

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons chopped pecans

1 egg (or vegan egg – flax/chia seeds and water)

Extra pumpkin seeds to decorate.

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees Celsius

2. Combine all ingredients to form a dough.

3. Line a baking tray with baking paper

4. Take tablespoon size pieces of dough, roll into a ball and press flat onto the baking paper (note – they will rise approx.. 1 cm).  Decorate with pumpkin seeds.

5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden on the edges.

6.  Allow to cool before serving. They will firm up!

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