Why do many give thanks only once a year on the third Thursday of November? There is power in giving thanks every day. Research indicates the importance of giving thanks makes one happier, healthier, and more productive.
My list of gratitude is long. It includes:
- My husband Perry, who believes in me
- A loving family that includes seven grands
- Our son who is serving in the United States Air Force
- Good health and happiness
- The freedom to make choices
- A garden on the Illinois Prairie that produces fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, and flowers.
- Opportunities to share my love of reading and literacy with young adults at Lincoln Land Community College and my [after school elementary level] reading buddies
- Story time at Afterwords Book Store and much more.
|Homemade pumpkin pie|
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Do hope you can spend some time reading and writing this Thanksgiving weekend. Grab some leftovers, a piece of paper and pen or your computer.
Perhaps you will:
- Create a gratitude list
- Write about your Thanksgiving traditions
- Interview family members at your Thanksgiving table.
- Set new writing goals
And as you write, think about how thankful you are to express yourself.
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity; it must be produced and discharged, and used up in order to exist at all."