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Talking Point 8: Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner
Written by Stuart Wickes

Thanksgiving Dinner

Talking Point: Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

We don’t have Thanksgiving here in England and that’s a shame. For a day of giving thanks is a really good idea.  It’s too easy to slip into taking things for granted, to stop noticing things. Important things. Things we already have. Things we really value. Things we’d really miss if we didn’t have them. Simple things. Things we’ve stopped noticing because they’re always there.

Focusing on what’s good is good for you

But being thankful is more than just a nice thing to do. Science suggests a positive and appreciative mindset is good for your health and wellbeing.  Gratitude can make you feel great. When you focus on what’s already in your life, on the good stuff you already have (no matter how small), you just feel a whole lot better than when you think about what’s wrong, what didn’t happen, what you haven’t got.

So I’m being thankful this Thanksgiving, ignoring the rotten weather and rotten windows I’ve spent all week trying to fix. And I’m indulging in being wholeheartedly thankful. So, what am I thankful for? Well, where do I start….

For my family

For the roof over my head (let’s not mention the rotting windows)

For the food that is (almost always) in my fridge

Empty fridge

Empty fridge syndrome. Home sweet home.

For heat and warmth

For light and dark and light in the darkness

For colour, art and creativity

For freedom, energy and the spirit of play

For life and dreams and the spirit to chase them

For nature and her magic

For green, green grass and deep blue sky

For music, singing and dancing

For sun, rain, sleet, snow and ice

For sunrise and sunset. Everyday. And especially today.

That’s quite a lot to be thankful for.

Talking Point

Do you think gratitude is good for you? What are you thankful for?

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Talking Point is our series of short Photo Friday posts. Each week we pick a photo, post a talking point and invite you to join the conversation. Do leave a comment with your thoughts.


For more photo inspired fun why not check out Travel Photo Thursday from Budget Travelers Sandbox, Photo Friday at Delicious Baby or Friday Dreaming at RWeThereYetMom.


About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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