Now that we are in the month of November Thanksgiving is approaching fast. Many people look forward to Thanksgiving dinner with family, watching (or attending) the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and, of course, the onset of Black Friday and the Christmas season.
Although Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday that holds somewhat lesser historic value than holidays like Easter and Christmas, it is still a time to think about everything in life that we are grateful for. This is not always easy to do—especially in tough economic times where many individuals are facing challenges that make feeling lucky or thankful extremely difficult.
The key to feeling thankful is to be made very aware that, as an American, your life is automatically much easier than many other people who reside in more turbulent parts of the world. America might have economic struggles and political woes but there is no widespread war, famine and violence on the same level as nations like the Congo and Syria. Furthermore, America values freedom—something that several other countries do not. The freedom of speech and expression should always be appreciated, no matter how tough your own personal situation is.
Life is not fair. Some people are simply bound to have more than others be it by way of birthright, luck, or sheer motivation. However, everyone can be grateful about some of the things in their lives. After all, situations do not have to be perfect to be good.
Below is a slide show of seven things that a person might be thankful for.