Put the "thanks" back in Thanksgiving

Let's put the Thanks back in Thanksgiving.

It always saddens me that Thanksgiving seems to have become this speed bump in the road on the way to Black Friday and the Christmas hustle and bustle.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it encompasses all of my favorite things in this world:  family, spending time together, cooking, good food, and time to pause to recognize how much we have to be thankful for.

What are you most thankful for?
What are you most thankful for?

Now, with Black Friday scratching and clawing its way into Thanksgiving, it seems like it's more of a rush to finish the meal so we can get out and score the big deals.

This Thanksgiving, I challenge us all to put forth the attitude of gratitude. William James said: "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." We all seek approval and we all want the feeling that our presence and actions are worth something in this world.  This craving  is ingrained in our human nature, however we are all so busy, wrapped up in our own little world,  not passing on even a little bit of appreciation to those people who have helped us get to the point where we are today.

So this Thanksgiving  week, let us commit to the Golden Rule and "do unto others that which we would have others do unto us".  Let us find the power of sincere, heartfelt gratitude.  Let us change someone's day for the better by telling him or her that they have made a difference in our lives.

This week, get on the phone, get out some paper, log in to your email, or schedule a coffee date to let someone in your life know how much you appreciate their help, guidance, support, or whatever it is that has made a difference in your life. 

HOW you do it matters not,  THAT you do it, will make all of the difference in the world.  Let's put the THANKS back in Thanksgiving this year.

- Elise




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