Thanksgiving is a special time of year to remember the people, things, and events for which we are both thankful and grateful!

By Dr. Dorothy Anasinski

Health

Whatever your degree of health is, find something to be thankful for. If you’re in good shape, be grateful.  Be thankful for the beauty of life.

Family

Family is a very important place to start in being thankful. Whether they’re visiting us or we are visiting them, family is often the theme of Thanksgiving celebrations. If you are close to your family, be thankful for their support and legacy of love. If family life is more complicated than it is, find ways to show your appreciation for the people who raised you the best they could. Good or bad, your family life helped provide the essential quality what you value most in life.

Friends

Cherish the friends who cheer you on — and who commiserate with you — and who are like family to you!

Community

Be thankful for all those around you who brighten your day; for example, the barista, the paperboy, the neighbor who cuts your grass when you’re away. You’re surrounded by people who care about you; whether they go to your church, stretch with you at yoga class, etc. Online communities can be just as valuable. You are not alone.

Freedom and Opportunity

Be thankful to live in a country filled with the freedoms and opportunities so many dream of.

Employment

Do you have a job? Be thankful. It’s hard to find and keep one these days. Are you self-employed? Be thankful for the freedom and flexibility that may offer you. Looking for work? Be thankful for the skills and experience you bring to the table.

Food

If you have food on your table, be thankful for it because not everyone is as fortunate as you are. If you don’t have food on your table, be thankful that there are people and organizations that can help you. Even in hard times, not everyone is as fortunate as you are.

Second Chances

If you’ve ever forgiven or been forgiven, you know there’s nothing more encouraging, freeing and beautiful than second chances. It’s never too late to reconcile, reroute or redeem.

Seasons

Be thankful for change. Yes, temperatures are dropping — maybe even uncomfortably so — but the change to the fall season is beautiful. The circle of life in the outdoors is a great parallel to the seasons in our lives; the chill of winter won’t last forever.

Be thankful for falling leaves, the long family walks around the block, and the cozy bonfires!

The Internet

Instead of being upset with a slow connection, remember that technology is really awesome. For many people, emails have helped to organize Thanksgiving dinner, Skype keeps long-distance families connected, and Facebook will help to share the memories you make this year.

Travel

Be thankful that you can just get into a car — or buy a bus ticket — and arrive at an out-of-town celebration with relatively little hassle. We have an incredible access to transportation. If you need to get somewhere, you can.

Literacy

Can you read this list? Then you’re fortunate. Be grateful for literacy. For many people on this planet, literacy is a privilege, not a right. The written word can inspire, challenge, and provoke. Be thankful for great books and take some time to curl up with your favorite words as you wake up from that turkey coma!

Inspiration

What makes you feel alive? Be thankful for the daydreams and muses. The things that bring you into a state of childlike wonder are worth revisiting. In your thankfulness, recommit to pursuing things that excite you.

Aging

Getting older is significantly superior to the alternative. Look back at the mistakes of your youth and be thankful that with every year, you have more wisdom to access, more experience to draw from, and more reason to be comfortable in your own skin. And then stop looking back — and look forward.

Wealth

Like George Bailey, you’re probably “the richest man [or woman] in town” without knowing it. Take a moment to acknowledge the riches in your life, whether it’s your ability to pay bills on time, your children, grandchildren who think you’re the greatest, or the opportunity to take time off work to eat turkey with loved ones.

Football

If you like football, be thankful that the nation celebrates with you this coming weekend. If you have little-to-no interest in the sport, be thankful that you can still enjoy chips and dip while not watching the game

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What are you most thankful or grateful for? 

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