Give Thanks

Tis the season of giving and expressing gratitude to those you love, including yourself. But, let’s be honest… how often do you really take time to express your genuine gratitude? For most of us, thankful thoughts arise but then vanish with busy schedules that life demands.

Now that is it Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate this day as a reminder of how lucky we are to be given life, freedom, and each other. As Pitbull says in a song, “Everyday above ground is a great day, remember that!!” So think about what you are truly thankful for, be generous in your everyday life, and be grateful for the people and things that have made an impact to you.


Gratitude will improve your life. It magnifies your experiences of good things that occur and enables you just be happy. Gratitude helps to endure the tougher times with dignity, humor, and love. It can be felt in waves whether being affected by a good or bad situation and will allow you to reflect on the positive aspects of life.

Having the ability to recognize what you are thankful for creates a happiness inside and is contagious to those around you. You have the ability to shine and help others have moments of gratitude too. So own your gratitude and be thankful for the little things, because that is what amounts to bigger things.


Thanksgiving is not just a day, it’s the personification of American life and culture. It represents family, generosity, and gratefulness. It’s also a perfect time to serve up a gratitude list of what you are thankful for this holiday season.

Take a moment, right now, to construct your own grateful list, even if you can only think of one thing. Write it on paper, put it in your phone, or on your computer. Save it somewhere you can re-visit and reflect upon often and even add to the list. This act in itself will allow you to be thankful for being thankful!

Let’s get your list started. Here is an example of a list I started:

I am grateful today for…
1. Memories with my crazy-fun family
2. Moms pumpkin roll
3. Dance offs with my nieces & nephews
4. Total Gym Workouts

See… it’s a simple exercise that can be as in depth as you’d like. Continual recording of your thankful thoughts can turn into a daily habit; a Gratitude Journal!

Reflecting on your truths, your accomplishments and goals, and being grateful for those who are in your life can allow you to really appreciate what really matters.

Sending you extra love and appreciation today, and everyday, for the greatness you are and for what you stand for.

Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday.


Maria Sollon

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. (purchasable workout videos) (workout clips)

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