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November 26th, 2014

200 Words: Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is kind of a mixed bag, huh? 

On one hand, being thankful is never a bad thing. Those to whom much is given should always make the time to search deep into the recesses of their hearts and muster up the recognition that yeah, life is pretty damn good, all things considered. Should it be limited to one day? Probably not, but that’s not really Thanksgiving’s fault. Kind of a don’t shoot the messenger situation, you know?

On the other hand, the “be thankful for your bounty and reflect on your good fortune” part of Thanksgiving has largely been co-opted by the “eat too much food, lay down on the couch, and watch football” part. Quite frankly, there’s little gratitude inherent in a tryptophan coma.

So, how do we balance this out? Our suggestion: pay homage to the spirit of the day by making it a point to look beyond yourself. Do something good for someone you love or, better yet, someone that needs it. Express your genuine gratitude by seeking out opportunities to positively impact the world around you. Giving someone your time and attention is truly the best way to give thanks the way we all should.