Showing Thanks

Recognizing Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010

Ameritas Insight Thanksgiving

Dating back to the 1620s, the first Thanksgiving was organized in Plymouth, Mass., as an autumn harvest celebration feast between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. This tradition of pausing to give thanks continues today. Although we may not gather to celebrate a successful harvest, we do take time with family and friends to remember the many blessings in our lives.

You can also show your thankfulness throughout the year in the following ways:

  • Caring for others – invest time in helping others in your community
  • Caring for yourself – this isn’t a “me” gratification, but an encouragement to spend time in wellness activities that will improve your health

Caring for others. This Thanksgiving, make a list of people or organizations that could use your help during the next year. It may be a neighbor or friend who needs assistance with a project, a local food bank that could use money or groceries to help others in need, or a community group that needs to raise money to help support others. You will be surprised at how quickly you can identify a long list of people and groups that need your care and assistance.

Community service and leadership are encouraged at Ameritas Group. We offer employees a variety of ways to reach out and assist others, from participating in organized events to supporting neighborhood groups and events or individual needs. Take a few minutes to visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ameritasgroup and click on “Our Causes” to review the many contributions to our local and national communities.

Caring for you. How would you rate your health? Do you exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week? Often we complain that we’re too busy or tired to participate in some type of fitness activity. The funny thing is, a good workout can be very energizing!

Taking care of yourself also means watching what you put into your body – food, alcohol, tobacco products – as well as the amount of sleep you get. If you don’t take care of your health, it may not be there later when you do have “extra time.”

Remember your oral health. Many serious health concerns – cancer, heart disease, diabetes or pregnancy complications – can be linked to oral health issues such as periodontal (gum) disease. This disease develops when plaque builds up on your teeth and gums. To avoid this, follow good daily oral health habits, including brushing, flossing, using an antiseptic mouthwash, as well as scheduling regular dental appointments to have your teeth checked and cleaned.

What do you enjoy most about Thanksgiving? Do you invest time in caring for others, as well as your own health? Ken VanCleave, Ameritas Group