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Practice Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Reminder

By Debra Manchester MacMannis, LCSW

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was thank you, that …

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Practice Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Reminder

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  1. I believe in practicing gratitude. It has really improved the quality of my life. I will keep it up because I am a better person when I do.

  2. Great article Debra,

    I was reflecting on this and discussing it with my children to start thinking of five things to be grateful for on Thursday to share. I also found a great Gratitude Challenge that lasts 30 days and has been very inspiring to me. It has helped me change some of my thought processes to see how grateful I truly am. If you are interested, simply email me at and I will share it with you. Cheers and Happy Holidays! Jeff

  3. Giving Thanks Every Day
    As Thanksgiving takes center stage, a common—but important—question is asked frequently. “What are you thankful for?” I’ve read many sincere, heartfelt replies to that question, all good answers, I must add. I, too, am thankful for many of the same things you are, but as I carefully considered the question again, those answers just didn’t seem to express my personal feelings adequately.
    So what am I thankful for? My answer is simple. I am thankful for my ability to be thankful. Many of us, myself included, go about our daily lives taking much for granted. We expect a lot, and usually get it, be it a need, a want, a desire, or a dream come true. We have homes, food on our tables and clothes on our backs. We have family and friends, acquaintances, and strangers who smile at us for no apparent reason. We have possessions and protection (insurance). We have faith, hope, and charitable hearts that can reach deep to help a fellow traveler.
    Yes, most of us have a lot, and a lot to be thankful for. Me? I’m thankful for the ability and desire to show my gratitude for all the gifts I have been given, and for the gifts I have been able to give to others. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughts and inspiration.

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