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Reflection on Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday – quintessentially American, and celebrated nearly universally across what are often divides of age, ethnicity, religious background, income and region. Somehow Thanksgiving always renews my love of country and faith in its future.

This year, it also got me thinking about being truly thankful for good things, large and small, that surround all of us. It is easy, of course, to get caught up in the day to day, and to focus more on the annoyances and challenges each of us faces instead of on the joy or beauty. Maybe it is even basic human nature to do so. But a recent piece in the New York Times made a pretty compelling case that gratitude is a path to happiness. Conscious efforts directed at appreciating the good make us feel better, so that we can, in a sense, train ourselves to be happier.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It straddles the secular and spiritual, and has evolved into a celebration of family in a way that our other national holidays have not. The food is great too!

For many years, my wife and I have happily traded the work of hosting for the hassle of travel, and we have developed our own family traditions. Among them is a reading, right before we dig in to dinner, of something evocative of the meaning of “thanksgiving.” Continue reading Thanksgiving