Thanksgiving — more than a meal

By Bryan Golden

Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have.

Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It’s important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude.

Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for.

If you have enough to eat, a place to live, a way to get around, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you are wealthy. If you lack any of these elements, be grateful for what you do have, while striving to obtain whatever is absent.

Focus on all positive aspects of your life. Take nothing for granted. Every morning, recharge your appreciation. Be happy for everything there is, not upset over what you feel is missing.

Begin your practice of gratitude each morning as soon as you wake. Every day is a great day. If you have any doubts, try missing one. Take inventory of everything, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, that is good in your life.

If it helps, make a written list of all things you are grateful for. Read your list every day. As you do this, you will build and reinforce your attitude of gratitude. Don’t waste any time with what you feel you don’t have.

Keep things in perspective. Consider all the people who have overcome difficulties far worse than yours. Don’t be consumed by your problems. There is always a solution. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude allows your mind to devise a resolution for your circumstances.

Make every day a day of Thanksgiving and you will be amazed how much better your life will become.

Bryan Golden, author of “Dare to Live Without Limits,” is a self-development expert, syndicated columnist, and professor. Email him at

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1 Comment for “Thanksgiving — more than a meal”

  1. HappyDay

    This is an awesome, true, and inspiring thing to read. We do need, and I try, to remember what we have, rather than what we don't. Some times it is hard to do….but follow this articles advice, and wow, it seems like you'd have an awesome day everyday!

    Attitude is motivation. Surround yourself with the positive.

    Thanks for sharing this!!!

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