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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.