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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?



The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for October and November 2016 are:

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
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM
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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
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