In the tedium of everyday life, many people take things for granted. They’re so busy focusing on the negative aspects of life – from minor inconveniences to major heartaches – that they forget how good they have it. Thanksgiving provides a lovely opportunity to focus on gratitude and grace. So even if you’re planning a fun afternoon of watching football and an extravagant turkey dinner, be sure to take a moment to share your gratitude with your loved ones. If you’re struggling to brainstorm, check out our ideas below. Our guess is – you have more things to be thankful for this year than you know.
Things to Be Thankful for This Year
You have a roof over your head, a warm bed to climb into each night, and warm blankets to cozy up with as autumn fades into winter. And just think of all the things in your home that make life easier –marvelous inventions like electricity, air conditioning, a dishwasher, a laundry machine, a garbage disposal, the Internet! Compared to your ancestors, you have quite a comfortable life. Plus, you can be thankful for all the time you’ve saved by relying on these modern conveniences.
Are you thankful for fall leaves – golden yellows, rusty oranges, vibrant reds? What about the majestic ocean and its constant, crashing waves? Aren’t you thankful to live in a world with sunlight, especially when the sun warms you up on a chilly autumn day? And what about colorful sunrises and sunsets? No matter which season you prefer or which natural wonders are your favorites, we can all find something to be thankful for in nature.
The Simple Things
We all have little things that we love in life. Perhaps you adore a hot cup of coffee in the morning, a little piece of chocolate after dinner, or a warm slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Or maybe you adore warm baths, curling up with a good book, or long walks with your dog. Take some time to appreciate the healing power of music, the movies you watch again and again, and all the things in life that make you laugh. Appreciate how such small, simple joys can illuminate your life.
Even when it isn’t perfect, be thankful for your health and the health of your friends and family. Consider how lucky you are to live in a country where you have easy access to clean water and the medicine you need to stay healthy. Still not feeling thankful? Be grateful for the fact that you’ve lived a long life (and gained the wisdom that comes along with that).
Your Friends, Family, and Community
Finally, of all the things to be thankful for this year, the most important are undoubtedly the people in your life: your family, your community, and your friends (new and old). Isn’t it amazing that you have so many wonderful people in your life? Think of the people you’ve loved who have passed away as well, and how grateful you are to have spent time with them.
Since we still have a few weeks to go till Thanksgiving, spend a little time creating a list of all the things that you’re thankful for, adding to it whenever something new crosses your mind. Once you start making your list, you might be surprised to discover how grateful you are for the many wonderful things and people in your life.
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