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The relationship between gratitude and Thanksgiving is deeply ingrained in the holiday. Some of us grew up going around the table and sharing something we’re thankful for each year. Quotes about gratitude and Thanksgiving pop up on our social media feeds along with hashtags like “#blessed” and “#thankful.” There’s no doubt these feelings are sincere, but there’s a difference between being thankful and being grateful.

Being thankful is a fleeting moment, a feeling. It’s when your partner takes care of the chores or errands. Or when a coworker covers for you at work. When a stranger finds and returns your wallet. On the other hand, being grateful is a mindset. It’s a state of grace of constant thankfulness. It’s an appreciation for all that life brings, good and bad – because even our worst moments can shape us in positive ways. When you not only have Thanksgiving gratitude but also gratitude for life itself, you’ll find fulfillment in life.

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year. It’s the start of the holiday season, a chance to get together with loved ones, and a time to eat plenty of delicious food. For some, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety – hosting Thanksgiving dinner, dealing with complicated family relationships and worrying about holiday shopping.

Whether you’re excited for the holidays or a little anxious, take the opportunity the holidays present to slow down. Practice Thanksgiving gratitude for all the blessings in your life instead of focusing on the negatives. Then, think about how you can extend this season of gratitude to improve your entire life year-round.


The season of gratitude is an excellent time to get started creating the habits that will lead you to an abundance mindset.

  • Give back. Volunteer, make an extra meal for your neighbor, donate money or invite someone to dinner who doesn’t have anywhere to go. Giving back fulfills our deepest human needs, especially around the holidays.

  • Be present. Oftentimes the gift of presence is the greatest gift we can give our loved ones. Use the time around Thanksgiving to reconnect with friends and family. Put down your phones, be completely present, and magic will happen.

  • Trade expectations for appreciation. It’s easy to let family arguments or conflicting personalities get in the way of a grateful Thanksgiving. But when you let go of expectations and search for what you appreciate about each person in your life, your world changes.

  • Share memories and goals. The holidays are all about creating and sharing memories. Remember the past year, relive your favorite moments and find the good that came from the bad. You’ll feel closer to your loved ones and discover a more meaningful type of Thanksgiving gratitude.

I would LOVE to hear WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR! (all entries will be eligible to win a $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card!

Blog Reposted from Tony Robbins


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