Appreciating Autumn — The Season of Gratitude

October 30, 2023 Matt Brocklebank

As autumn — or fall — arrives after the scorching summer, I gladly welcome it as the season of gratitude. Whether it's the feeling of relief as the oppressive heat and humidity fade away or eager anticipation of the seasonal foods that become available, it always fills me with an overwhelming sense of appreciation. For me, fall is the season of gratitude. 

Everything I Love About the Season of Gratitude

Last week, I took advantage of the beautiful autumn weather and went for a bike ride. I noticed how happy and content I felt as I breathed in the smells of the countryside, wearing my favorite warm hoodie and jeans again for the first time since summer. It got me thinking of everything I love about this enchanting time of year.

5 Reasons to Be Grateful in the Season of Gratitude

Autumn is a season filled with things to be grateful for, and it always captivates me with its unique charm. Here are five reasons why it's my chosen season of gratitude:

  1. Comfortable weather: After the sweltering heat of summer, the cooler temperatures of autumn are a welcome relief. Stepping out into the crisp early morning invigorates my senses. I can finally turn off my air conditioner and breathe naturally cool air again. In the evening, a distinctive aroma hangs in the hazy autumn air as farmers burn straw in the fields after harvest.
  2. Seasonal flavors: Autumn is a time of abundance when I can look forward with excitement to an array of mouthwatering delights filling the shelves, from fresh fish to seasonal fruits and vegetables. Coffee shops serve delicious spiced lattes, and restaurants offer seasonal specials filled with autumn's unmistakable flavors.
  3. Outdoor adventures: Going outdoors in the pleasant weather is one of my top reasons for being grateful this season. It's the perfect season for a gentle stroll in the town or the countryside. Hiking in the mountains offers a chance to connect with nature, get some exercise, and escape the stresses of work. The fresh mountain air and the sounds of nature inspire gratitude for the great outdoors and all it offers.
  4. Autumn colors: It's hard to deny the wonder of nature when autumn arrives and paints the landscape with its captivating hues. As the leaves change color, city streets to mountain forests become filled with a blaze of red, orange, and gold. As the leaves turn brown and fall to the ground, it can be the perfect time to appreciate the transient beauty of the world.
  5. Autumn festivals: Autumn is synonymous with harvest festivals and celebrations. From the traditional autumn festival at my local shrine in Japan to Thanksgiving in the United States and Halloween worldwide, the sense of community and the joy of sharing seasonal food and drink with friends and family remind us of the importance of togetherness, reinforcing the spirit of gratitude.

The Simple Things in Life During This Season of Gratitude

Autumn is a transitional period that fills me with gratitude for the opportunities ahead. It is an excellent time to reflect on the year's accomplishments, let go of what no longer serves me, and plan for new beginnings. Above all, autumn is my chosen season of gratitude because it inspires me to be thankful for life's everyday simple comforts.

The joy of snuggling up in cozy clothes and unwinding on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee and my favorite music is hard to beat. I can't help but immerse myself in everything autumn provides — from the stunning display of autumn foliage to the bounty of delicious seasonal foods and hikes out in the cool mountain air — and cherish every moment of this beautiful season.

APA Reference
Brocklebank, M. (2023, October 30). Appreciating Autumn — The Season of Gratitude, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

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