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“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse”  Henry Van Dyke

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING - Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING – Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for. Barry Neil Kaufman

What does Thanksgiving Mean to YOU? Whether you’ve had a prosperous, abundant year or a challenging year, one thing is certain, this is the season of Thanksgiving! It is a special time to pull ourselves and our loved ones close together and give thanks for the good we have seen and enjoyed around us. Thanksgiving is, for me, a time of reflection and reevaluation of what truly matters in our lives. It is a time to take stock of our successes and foibles and find a path to healing old wounds. Part of the history of this special holiday revolves around the gathering of the best harvested foods and sharing a meal with family, friends, and even foes. It is a time to show appreciation to our neighbors; this includes our global human family. So, this Happy Thanksgiving season can be a time to set aside old battles and make amends with those who have wronged us and vise versa. Of course, we must also remember that an important part of the holiday is to make it a time to share what we have by giving to those who have less.
What are your memories of Thanksgiving?  What more does Thanksgiving mean Memory wise?  If we are motivated by any act this year, let’s include an invitation to someone who has nowhere to go on Thanksgiving. Why? Because it will spread true happiness and good memories around. My first Thanksgiving in the USA was spent at the home of a dear college friend and it set the foundation for all the good memories I attach to this season. My friend, Lisa, invited me into her home and it was a generous gesture for my first Thanksgiving. Lisa’s family embraced me and I will always cherish it as an abundant blessing. As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, I invite you to consider inviting someone who might be alone, without family around, to join you. Share your good fortune and thanksgiving memories with others. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Do you invite others to your table and prepare a special dish or let others do the cooking?

My recipe of thanks will have …
A vat full of love,
Endless cups of life,
Pounds and ounces of friends,
100 ladles of family,
9 tablespoons of health,
1 teaspoon from home,
Sprinkles from everyone,
Bowls of everything that uplifts humanity,
Carefully fold in scoops of our pets,
Mix in the power of prayer and
Add God’s immutable grace…
Stir with gusto and enjoy! from Elizabeth & Family



“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”  Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING - Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING – Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING - Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING – Abundant & Happy Moments to all

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. Gerald Good
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What Are You Thankful For? As Thanksgiving Day beckons, I am reminded to express joy for the simplest things that make me thankful for each breath I take. I look around me and see the sparkle in people’s eyes and the hopefulness shared by others for a happy event. I look out my living room window and see some snowfall from last night and the many colors of the leaves that have fallen off the trees in my yard. The white, purple, red and orange/gold hues pull me in and for a moment, I am swept away to a place of deep joy and gratitude. Again, as we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals and the coming weekend, let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative, helpful travel tips. Thanksgiving and Gratitude are key themes this season. We can add patience and forgiveness to the mix too.

What do you value most? While I know that gratitude and thanksgiving are year round qualities, however, the point of this special day is to remind us all of what we value most; love, life, friends, family, health, our home, good food, every action that uplifts humanity, our pets, and the power of an immutable grace.  Add your own list in the comments. This season, let’s stay motivated by all that is good in humanity and share our gratitude!


Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s formed with 5 syllables
I’m grateful for that

On this special day
We give thanks for our blessings
Gratitude abounds

In case we forget
To say thanks and a prayer
Sweet smiles will suffice

Don’t count your seedlings
Plant them with care; tend with love
What we sow, will grow.

Do count your blessings
Add your friends and family
Share some with the poor…

Happy Thanksgiving!
Share some food, love, and goodwill
Now, what could top that?



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10/03 –  2-4 Rosh Hashana,  6 German-American Day,
10/10 –  10  Columbus Day, World Mental Health Day, 11 International Day of the Girl,  12 Yom Kippur
10/17 –   16 World Food Day / FAO World Food Day
10/24 –  24 United Nations Day,  28 National Chocolate Day, 29 National Cat Day, 30 Diwali
10/31 —  31 Halloween

11/01/6 –   01 All Saints Day/Day of the Dead,  02 All Soul’s Day, o3, Culture Day, 05 Guy Fawkes Day
11/07   –  07 Chocolate + Almonds Day, 11 Martinmas/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day/Armistice Day, 13 World Kindness Day
11/14 – 14 Full Moon, 15 Republic Day, 16 Day of Repentance 20, National Black Consciousness Day/Revolution Day
11/21 –   21 World Hello Day, 23 National Cashew Day, 24 Thanksgiving Day
11/28  –   29 New Moon/E-Greetings Day/National Day of Listening

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING - Abundant & Happy Moments to all

Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING – Abundant & Happy Moments to all

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears. Anthony Robbin
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Anon

How are YOU planning to celebrate Thanksgiving? Each year, we participate in volunteer opportunities that provide food and aid to the homeless. This can be a very trying time for folks who have no loved ones around, and it can also be a time of heightened depression for others who have lost dear ones. So, why not use this time to reach out to anyone we know who is hurting and spread some love and cheer. How else can we be of service during this joyful season? We can start by thinking of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away. We can start by reaching out to others who are alone during this time of celebration.We can volunteer our time to helping out where a need is greatest and spread some of our heartfelt message of love and goodwill.
Don’t Forget to say Thank You! For me, this Thanksgiving year has given me much to contemplate and I am grateful for the good and the harsh lessons too. I’d love to say Thank You to my readers, to all who stop by to comment or just read this blog, to friends and family online and off, to my fellow bloggers, various Sponsors, WordPress staffers and happiness engineers, my social media and Facebook groups friends, friends in various communities, and everyone out there. Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone!

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. W. Clement Stone
When a house is on fire,
the vessel salvaged
is the one that will be of use,
not the one left there to burn.
So when the world is on fire
with aging and death,
one should salvage [one’s wealth] by giving:
what’s given is well salvaged. Buddha


Have a Happy Thanksgiving week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  By expressing our  thanksgiving, we uplift ourselves and others. Share your gratitude and thankfulness this season and beyond.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –  Thanksgiving via Wikipedia, and/or  Thanksgiving via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet








186 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    21/11/2016 5:20 pm

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to it.

  2. katrinajeancarter permalink
    21/11/2016 5:36 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday is pretty new to me considering I grew up in a country where we don’t have this holiday. However, I do my best each day to start with thanks and end with thanks. I’ve been making it a habit to find 3 things I am grateful for each day as well and I notice it helps keep me in a positive mindset 🙂

  3. Bianca Etzel Mcneace permalink
    21/11/2016 6:03 pm

    I’m thankful for so many things but the biggest is that God has blessed me beyond belief! Every day I wake up and I’m alive, I thank HIM!

  4. beckysbestbites permalink
    21/11/2016 6:18 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! Thank you for reminding me the true reason for this holiday! It is easy to get so caught up in chaos of the time.

  5. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    21/11/2016 6:57 pm

    Thanksgiving means spending time with my family. It also means being grateful for the time we have together.

  6. Mihaela Echols permalink
    21/11/2016 6:00 pm

    The mini scarecrows are too cute. While everyones getting excited for Christmas I’m geting excited for thanksgiving!

  7. Cynthia Nicoletti permalink
    21/11/2016 8:04 pm

    I am thankful for so many things and people in my life. My family is most important and I am thankful how wonderful they are.

  8. joyroses13 permalink
    21/11/2016 8:14 pm

    Wonderful Thanksgiving Thoughts!! A Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  9. theforeverteacher permalink
    21/11/2016 9:00 pm

    We usually go to my grandmothers for Thanksgiving… but you are really motiving me to take food to the homeless!!

  10. Melanie Smith permalink
    21/11/2016 9:47 pm

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Everything is about sharing and having great times with our families and friends.

  11. rastamommablog permalink
    21/11/2016 9:47 pm

    I love this whole post! From the colorful pictures to well, everything! Go Motivation Mondays. 🙂

  12. momknowsbest15 permalink
    21/11/2016 11:14 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time that I am thankful for my family. This year my son will be celebrating with us, the first in 4 years as he was over seas for the past couple of years

  13. 21/11/2016 11:53 pm

    Gorgeous colourful collage this week. Happy Thanksgiving for Thursday to you and your family 🙂

  14. Agnes DC (@magz_dc) permalink
    22/11/2016 12:38 am

    Thankful for the mornings I get to spend waking up and enjoying the sun. Thanksgiving is almost near for the people to celebrate with their families and friends.

  15. Alfonzowords permalink
    22/11/2016 12:48 am

    Se manfique! Love the photo journal and descriptions. I also dig you thankful for list haha very creative. you taught me a new word – foibles.
    We’ve never had thanksgiving here so I havent experienced what it means to sit around a table and say what we’re all thankful for. it would be nice to do so.

  16. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. permalink
    22/11/2016 3:27 am

    Thanksgiving, to me, means family! Normally I go home to my parents house and all our family friends come together to eat lunch/dinner. This year, we won’t be able to do that. But, luckily, my sister will be joining us! Can’t wait to have her fly in tomorrow 🙂

  17. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    22/11/2016 5:27 am

    It is great that you are showing gratitude as it is important to be grateful for what we have and not bemoan what we don’t. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving hun x

  18. rochkirstin permalink
    22/11/2016 5:33 am

    Thanksgiving for me is another day to realize how we are blessed and loved by people around us. This holiday is when we get to spend more time with family and celebrate the holiday with delicious food. 🙂

  19. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    22/11/2016 6:09 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holidays! 🙂

  20. Leigh Anne permalink
    22/11/2016 6:39 am

    What a beautiful collage. We have so much to be thankful for. Gratitude is something that can be seen all around us if we take the time to look.

  21. Marceline Dementori permalink
    22/11/2016 6:56 am

    Thanksgiving is beautiful for me. We don’t really have a day like this to celebrate here in our country but it’s something that I would like to share with my kids. I think it’s great to have a day that’s all about being grateful.

  22. Wren permalink
    22/11/2016 8:15 am

    Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year. It is often overlooked as some go straight from Halloween to Christmas. I love taking the time to surround yourself by loved ones and show what you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving! <3

  23. jaycer123 permalink
    22/11/2016 9:32 am

    What? How did I miss national cashew day?! 🙁

  24. Teresa Gilbert permalink
    22/11/2016 9:33 am

    Oh thanksgiving my favorite! Love this time of year!

  25. allaboutbabysworld permalink
    22/11/2016 10:09 am

    I love the photos!

  26. Maria@closetohome permalink
    22/11/2016 10:18 am

    Thanksgiving is going to be different as this is the first year we have not spent it with my MIL. She passed away in the spring.

  27. Jennifer L Johnson permalink
    22/11/2016 10:35 am

    What a beautiful poem!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  28. PennyPincherJenny (@PennyPincherJen) permalink
    22/11/2016 11:59 am

    I love these pictures!!! Hard to believe Thanksgiving has already crept up on us this year!

  29. Kim permalink
    22/11/2016 12:23 pm

    There is so much to be thankful for! Love the quotes you added 🙂

  30. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide permalink
    22/11/2016 12:26 pm

    I love this season! The beauty, inside and out, truly warm my soul.

  31. Krystal @ Sunny Sweet Days permalink
    22/11/2016 1:18 pm

    It is important to celebrate every day and to pay gratitude when it is due. I love the holiday season!

  32. Neely (@Neelykins) permalink
    22/11/2016 2:17 pm

    I have so much to be thankful for this year. I am doing an entire post on it! Love this inspriation!

  33. mybelleelle permalink
    22/11/2016 3:38 pm

    I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my Grandpa and my Great Aunt who are my only family members near by. I will celebrate in the evening with friends.

  34. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    22/11/2016 4:45 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! A time for reflection and be grateful for what we have.

  35. nlampert permalink
    22/11/2016 5:18 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Even though we celebrated it last month here in Canada it’s good for me to have a reminder to be thankful even after the holiday in over. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

  36. Kathy Lacuna permalink
    22/11/2016 5:33 pm

    Thanksgiving to me is a time of giving thanks and appreciation for all the blessings that we have received during the year. Whether good or bad (yes I also see the not so good things as blessings) I give thanks for all these things. This is also a time to reflect on all the things that have happened and think of the lessons we have learned this past year. This is I think very important as this allows us to make the new year better.

  37. Heather permalink
    22/11/2016 5:58 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Elizabeth! I am teaching my kids to be thankful by writing down one thing a day they are thankful for that we will read at the table on Thanksgiving day! I hope that this teaches them to not take every day things for granted and to be grateful for what they have and whom they have in their lives.

  38. Maple Syrup and Teacups permalink
    22/11/2016 6:52 pm

    I love your recipe of thanks, and as ever, your photos are so beautiful! Thanksgiving is probably about family and friends for me. Switching off from our devices and being present with the ones around us.

  39. Pauperslens permalink
    22/11/2016 7:13 pm

    Thanksgiving equates to reunion for us. Having a similar thanksgiving as before is quite impossible for us the past ten years we’ve been expats.

  40. 200 Saturdays until Paris permalink
    22/11/2016 8:30 pm

    I love your Thanksgiving recipe! Save a seat at the festivities for me! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  41. The Mad Mommy permalink
    22/11/2016 8:32 pm

    Thanksgiving means gratitude, family, fun and food! It can also mean stress, but I try to let it go!

  42. Mom Does It All (@misteedawnw) permalink
    22/11/2016 8:43 pm

    Great post! I am thankful for so many things, you have no idea! There are so many things to be thankful for in life.

  43. katyashadeofteal permalink
    22/11/2016 9:43 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! So excited to celebrate this week, it means so much to be with family and be reminded what were thankful for.

  44. gessell permalink
    22/11/2016 10:15 pm

    Sometimes it’s good to stop and think about what we’re thankful for.

  45. Holly permalink
    22/11/2016 10:22 pm

    You summed it up for me when you wrote “God’s immutable grace.” It is indeed His grace and mercy that I am most thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  46. Milica permalink
    23/11/2016 12:52 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I started celebrating this holiday 7 years ago in November when I moved to USA. That was the my first holiday here and that’s why it is very special to me.

  47. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    23/11/2016 1:18 am

    I am thankful for every waking morning that is given me. Every new day is a blessing. One more chance to make things right.

  48. durhamslovelifetravel permalink
    23/11/2016 2:07 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Sad this year as I live outside of US and really missing my moms cooking and black friady 🙁 Thankfull to be breathing 🙂

  49. carrie@thelavenderhytta permalink
    23/11/2016 2:14 am

    To me Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends and share a good meal and wonderful conversation. It was the one time of the year I would travel the 12 hours to where my extended family was and visit with my cousins, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles and more. It always has been a lot of fun and I will definitely miss doing that this year.

  50. Shirley permalink
    23/11/2016 2:27 am

    Nice post. You always share something good and nice. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

  51. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) permalink
    23/11/2016 2:31 am

    Being in the UK we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s something I hear about as I have American friends and it always appears as such a joyful occasion.

  52. 3xhcch permalink
    23/11/2016 4:32 am

    Thanksgiving is a uniquely American tradition. I had never visited the US in time for Thanksgiving, so I only see it in movies. It is a very meaningful tradition which gives thanks for blessings. Everyday should also thanksgiving day.

  53. Jenni Petrey permalink
    23/11/2016 4:33 am

    We don’t celebrate thanks giving in Australia, but I think I would like to one day just to say that we’ve done it!

  54. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) permalink
    23/11/2016 4:59 am

    It’s habit now to expect great quotes from you. You’ve yet to disappoint. No pressure 🙂

  55. franckxethee permalink
    23/11/2016 5:32 am

    Sometimes we focus on too many negatives that we forget to be thankful for our blessings. I guess we should always be grateful not only on Thanksgiving.

  56. Lisa Rios permalink
    23/11/2016 5:40 am

    Thanksgiving is so special at home as we organize party to bring friends & family members together to share the love with everyone around us. Decorations and other traditions follows up to make it a great party at home every year! Happy Thanksgiving!

  57. Jacqui Odell permalink
    23/11/2016 6:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! We are visiting family in Kansas.

  58. Jacqui Odell permalink
    23/11/2016 6:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! We are spending it with our family in Kansas!

  59. Geeky Swap permalink
    23/11/2016 7:14 am

    Really thankful that you posted it here ,
    will try this as a positive change in my life.

  60. 23/11/2016 8:06 am

    It is crazy to think that Thanksgiving has snuck up on us already!! I love these pictures so full of color!

  61. Rosey permalink
    23/11/2016 8:13 am

    Did you say snow?? So soon!! In any case, we all have a lot to be thankful for, no matter the circumstances. That is for sure. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  62. Vera permalink
    23/11/2016 8:30 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!! I love this time of year of year all the colors and time with family

  63. susanmarymalone permalink
    23/11/2016 8:53 am

    I just love your recipe of thanks! What a beautiful list. And I love this quote: Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
    Thank you!

  64. Georgiana permalink
    23/11/2016 9:12 am

    What a wonderful post. So good to count our blessings and really take time to BE thankful.

  65. KT Nielsen permalink
    23/11/2016 9:22 am

    I’ve always been an advocate of giving thanks for all the blessings that we receive. I’ve always believed that when you count your blessings, you tend to be happier and less stressed by the many downtimes of your life. Although Thanksgiving is not big here in the Philippines, I see to it that I give thanks on a daily basis.

  66. Sondra Barker permalink
    23/11/2016 9:51 am

    This is a great reminder to be so grateful. Today, I am so thankful for my family.

  67. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    23/11/2016 1:58 pm

    I value my home, my husband, my daughter and my dogs the most. There is nothing better in this world if you ask me, and I am very grateful for them.

  68. Kate Kelly (@mym0mmybrain) permalink
    23/11/2016 5:28 pm

    This is a great series!

  69. ♥Nancy♥ (@StyleDecor) permalink
    23/11/2016 6:37 pm

    I’m thankful for my health and my family’s health. My parents will be 80 years old next year and I feel so blessed that I still have them and that they are healthy.

    Your site is always very motivational! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  70. Tami (@ThisMomsDelight) permalink
    23/11/2016 8:48 pm

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year. I am enjoying the quotes and photos.

  71. Loko Chika permalink
    23/11/2016 10:29 pm

    You are right, Thanksgiving is more than just the food. It is about sharing a a vat full of love 😀

  72. Adriana Lopez (@MrsALOMartin) permalink
    23/11/2016 10:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving grateful for so many blessings received and for being able interact with you =)

  73. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    23/11/2016 11:22 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  74. Christina Aliperti permalink
    24/11/2016 1:27 am

    I am thankful for so much this year. My family and their health and happiness the most.

  75. Saidah permalink
    24/11/2016 1:46 am

    I’m super excited about Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and a time for reflection. I love having my family together and being thankful for what they add to my life.

  76. Bhushavali permalink
    24/11/2016 3:15 am

    God has blessed me in many ways and I’m thankful for how this year has turned out so far. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Elizabeth.

  77. EG III permalink
    24/11/2016 6:11 am

    It’s always good to reflect and be thankful. My best memories from thanksgiving come from childhood…back when the entire family was intact, we’d gather around for a glorious meal and then watch football and movies all day.

  78. toughcookiemommy permalink
    24/11/2016 9:38 am

    I’m thankful for every little moment, my boys, my husband, my health, all of it! Happy Thanksgiving, Elizabeth. I hope you spend the day with those who truly matter in your life.

  79. nbosken permalink
    24/11/2016 2:33 pm

    So I’m an American and this is my first Thanksgiving spent overseas. I live in Spain and teach English. I gave a presentation to my students about the holiday and they were all jealous of American kids who had no school today. And they thought the Macy’s Day parade looked fun. I suppose those are my memories … the parade and time spent with family. I also think of sweaters when I think of Thanksgiving.


  80. Tiffany Yong permalink
    24/11/2016 10:36 pm

    I just watched President Obama do the Dad Jokes for Thanksgiving speech. He made my day… even though I don’t celebrate thanksgiving…

  81. Anosa permalink
    25/11/2016 2:51 pm

    Love Henry Van Dyke’s quote, it always resonates with me. Happy thanksgiving

  82. Julie Syl Kalungi permalink
    25/11/2016 3:11 pm

    Totally loved this post esp the Poem on: “WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?” because I have so much to be thankful and grateful for, even though some days I am a grumpy complaining lil ninny! I believe God knows my heart. Thank you Eliza for this post this Thanksgiving week!

  83. Fashionable Librarian permalink
    25/11/2016 4:04 pm

    I am thankful on a daily basis for every small and great thing in my life

  84. Gessa C permalink
    25/11/2016 5:15 pm

    Regardless of the origin of the event, I am grateful for everything I have. From having a family that loves me unconditionally, good health, and a knowledge to use in earning money, I couldn’t ask for more! there are so many things I am thankful for and those are just some of the ones I believe I should mainly be thankful of.

  85. angie permalink
    25/11/2016 6:45 pm

    love your collages and your recipe is one that I appreciated as well. Each of ours has a little bit different but everyone knows that it is all the best!

  86. Gil Camporazo permalink
    26/11/2016 2:24 am

    To be thankful is a sign of being grateful. In thanksgiving, the gratefulness is expressed in a manner according to one’s humility or humbleness.

  87. Jason Panuelos permalink
    26/11/2016 3:13 am

    I really would like to try and experience celebrating a good old American Thanksgiving. Mostly because of the food! But I really do love the meaning behind it 😀

  88. shubhadabhide permalink
    26/11/2016 6:27 am

    We should always be thankful to God and others for whatever we have. Some people give us love while some give us learnings.

  89. Christina Aliperti permalink
    26/11/2016 1:21 pm

    Thanksgiving is so much more than turkey day. It’s a day to be closer to the ones you love and take time to really reflect on our blessings.

  90. Roger Wellington ( permalink
    27/11/2016 10:13 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thank you for all the motivation. I really appreciate it!

  91. cre8tone kylie permalink
    27/11/2016 11:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.. Wish you have a blast one.. Great celebration there!

  92. phyliciamarie permalink
    28/11/2016 1:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! We don’t really practice the holiday in the Philippines, but I am thankful for a lot of things. New career opportunities, more blog experiences, and love.

    P.S. Obama’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon speech was funny 🙂

  93. Kathy Kenny Ngo permalink
    28/11/2016 11:23 am

    We don’t usually celebrate thanksgiving in our country. But for me, everyday is a thanksgiving day because we should always be thankful with what we have,

  94. adriana permalink
    28/11/2016 11:13 am

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s always one of my favorite days because it’s all about family time and good food and laughs!

  95. Ana Ojha permalink
    29/11/2016 7:41 pm

    Great read! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I went to St. Augustine with my hubby and few friends on Thanksgiving weekend and had amazing time!

  96. Keith Haney permalink
    30/11/2016 4:04 am

    What an unlifting post. I am thankful for my faith it grounds me. My family they inspire me. My friends the support me. And my vocation it allows me to impact the world.

  97. Brandon permalink
    02/12/2016 7:53 am

    Happy holidays

  98. Peachy A. permalink
    15/12/2016 12:19 pm

    I am very grateful for the whole year that has passed. There has been a lot of blessings.

  99. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    23/11/2017 8:06 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for always sharing meaningful and motivational article! I’m thankful because of my family and our wonderful relationship to each other.

  100. risalopez permalink
    03/11/2021 5:12 am

    I love your post! I am thankful for my family, friends, and for all the blessings that I have right now. Happy Thanksgiving!

  101. Renee permalink
    03/11/2021 8:39 am

    I enjoy Thanksgiving more than any holiday! Love this!

  102. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    03/11/2021 9:37 am

    We don’t really celebrate Thanks Giving in the UK. We have the harvest festival which is similar in that we helps those less fortunate.

  103. Harassedmom (@laurakim123) permalink
    03/11/2021 5:11 pm

    We dont actually celebrate thanksgiving here but I do love the idea of celebrating gratitude.

  104. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    03/11/2021 11:30 pm

    I have always liked the idea and traditions behind Thanksgiving. I wish we had similar holiday here

  105. Chrissy permalink
    04/11/2021 1:17 am

    Almost thanksgiving and there’s a lot to be grateful with, all the love and prayers 🙂

  106. Jasmine Martin permalink
    04/11/2021 3:30 pm

    I absolutely love Thanksgiving because it is a lot of fun. I get to spend time with family and eat delicious food.

  107. Abida permalink
    24/11/2021 1:48 am

    Your article is always fantastic. But this post was extra ordinary. I found a tones of similarities between the things you are thankful for and I am thankful for. My biggest thankfulness is my good health. My second big thankfulness is having the precious love of my parents. They mean a lot to me. Actually we humans are always having uncountable things to be thankful for but we notice only few of them. Your article is great since it shows such a great example of gratitude. I loved your post a lot.

  108. Talya Stone permalink
    24/11/2021 4:54 am

    I am based in the UK and although we don’t have thanksgiving I think the concept of giving thanks is so important, and one that we should instill every day in some way.

  109. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    24/11/2021 5:32 am

    I think holidays like Thanksgiving are a great reminder of importance of the family and a joy of simply being there for each other. and by family I don’t really only mean family-family but also any people you hold very dear

  110. Bill permalink
    24/11/2021 10:20 am

    I always try to remind the kids that Thanksgiving is so much more than just eating until you pop. It’s right there in the name. THANKSgiving.

  111. Sienna permalink
    24/11/2021 11:31 am

    This is a great time to stop and think about what we’re thankful for -especially with how commercialized black friday has gotten!

  112. Cinny permalink
    24/11/2021 12:16 pm

    Those are some wonderful quotes. Life is happier when we think about things to be thankful for!

  113. Beth Pierce permalink
    24/11/2021 8:29 pm

    This is a great reminder to be grateful nd think of what matters to us most. Family and love will always be on my list.

  114. Caroline permalink
    25/11/2021 12:08 am

    We don’t celebrate thanksgiving where am from but I like what you have put here.

  115. Nyxinked permalink
    25/11/2021 4:06 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. We dont’ celebrate here so I’m sitting in my dressing gown working at the moment. Getting as much done as I possibly can before the weekend.

  116. Manali Oza permalink
    25/11/2021 9:23 pm

    Such a sweet article, Thanksgiving surely brings alot of gratitude with it. Thanks for sharing!

  117. Jei Laine permalink
    26/11/2021 5:13 pm

    Yes, always be thankful for all the things that you have. It may be small or big things. We all should be thankful everyday.

  118. Elise Ho permalink
    27/11/2021 5:10 am

    I love this sense of community that you are working to create with the opportunity for social shares

  119. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    01/12/2021 11:06 pm

    I absolutely loved the poem here. It is simple and easy to read yet each word is on point

  120. Lissy permalink
    04/12/2021 1:52 pm

    Throughly enjoyed this post, especially the Thanksgiving recipe!! I’m eternally grateful for family, above all else ❤️


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