The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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Think for a moment, if you will, of someone you know who is truly happy. We’ve all met those who seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than others; they laugh more than others—just being around them makes us happier as well.

Let me suggest it is because they have an attitude of gratitude.

Now think of the person you first thought of again and grade on this principle: Does he or she live in thanksgiving daily? Those who live in thanksgiving daily are usually among the world’s happiest people. And they make others happy as well. Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love.

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable.

Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.

Consider what you are grateful for. Count your blessings, if you will, and see if it doesn’t warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

May we all strive to have an attitude of gratitude every day and let this Thanksgiving Day start us down that path.

Have a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!

 

Written by DCL

November 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm