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Research has shown that gratitude is really good for us. It’s associated with greater optimism, enthusiasm, energy and other positive reactions. And I think it also helps in quieting our inner body-basher.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here’s what I’m seriously thankful for:

  • Amazing Weightless readers. Thank you so much for continuing to come back and read my posts and for your kind and supportive words.
  • My relationship with my mom and our fun days shopping and watching fashion shows.
  • My boyfriend for his big heart and the lessons I continue to learn about myself and relationships.
  • My body for letting me practice Pilates and helping me to get through a cold.
  • Memories.
  • My Pilates teacher, who’s super kind and always challenges us (but not too much).
  • My family in NYC for their unconditional support, laughs and lessons.
  • My close friends from all over the country who make it a priority to stay in touch.
  • Long bike rides with a crisp breeze. (Doesn’t happen often here in the sunshine state.)
  • Hours of cookie-baking with my neighbor Joan who’s become a grandmother to me.
  • Being able to do what I love.
  • Being able to read beautiful books and blogs.
  • The food we’re about to eat and enjoy.
  • Sunny and rainy days.
  • Weekends spent writing.
  • Red lipstick, which makes me feel pretty.
  • Apples, grapes, orange juice, spaghetti, veal marsala, pizza and potatoes.
  • Cheese, dark chocolate and ice cream.
  • Journals to write in. (I’m seriously obsessed and have 10 too many.)
  • Old books and new globes, which I love collecting.
  • Art and museums, which always put a smile on my face.
  • Etsy, where you can get anything and everything you want lovingly handmade.
  • Writers who write their hearts out and make us feel less alone.
  • My nose and fingers, which are miniature versions of my dad’s.

Additional Resources on Gratitude

What are you thankful for?

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and weekend!



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    Last reviewed: 31 Mar 2014

APA Reference
Tartakovsky, M. (2011). What Gifts Are You Grateful For?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 4, 2015, from




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