It's Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

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There will be turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, squash, cranberries, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

"We're thankful for our family and friends, for good health and prosperity for the CNMI". That's it. I just like ham. I find peace in savoring those moments and being thankful for them. Through acute and chronic health issues, tests, procedures and surgeries, I am blessed and thankful to have this benefit in my life. My parents, brother, aunt, uncles, cousins and boyfriend will be there as well.

"I am thankful for the blessings of good health, family and our friends. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough".

A recent survey indicated many families chose to have their "Thanksgiving" meal on a day other than the designated Thursday.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for a lot of things.

Our Canadian neighbors to the north were so impressed with the idea, they too celebrate Thanksgiving annually, on the second Monday in October. I am thankful that I am an American.

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I am thankful that generous Americans give $358 billion a year to charity.

On college campuses, some professors have assigned students to search out friends and acquaintances to whom they can express gratitude, even if only for everyday kindnesses.

My dad was busy driving my brother to hockey practice and games, but he is also the reason I was so physically active as a kid and teenager.

"Thanksgiving is a pretty big day in my family". Or it can be a time to simply be grateful for the roof over your head and food on the table. After all of that, he would play sports with my brother and I in the yard.

In a matter of full disclosure, my children and I gathered last night for ours because my baby Faith, who has taken it upon herself the last couple of years to be in charge of the preparations, has to work at Golden Corral today.

Thanksgiving is here again; an entire holiday-cum-food ritual celebrating the importance of gratitude. "So I'm very grateful for my friends and my family that helped me through that stuff".

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When you start to feel consumed with thoughts about what you don't have or what isn't going right, write down three things you do have, or that are going right - even in the Notes app on your phone.

I am grateful I live in a country where home ownership is achievable. Finding a house in my price range was not an easy task, but everything came together in the end. "The most optimistic women had a 16% lower risk of dying from cancer; 38% lower risk of dying from heart disease; 39% lower risk of dying from stroke; 38% lower risk of dying from respiratory disease; and 52% lower risk of dying from infection", according to the study. Want to switch from being Mormon to Catholic?

"I'm thankful for the people I work with, and I hope that as the holiday season begins, everyone will remain safe as we continue to improve the lives of the people".

For many, Thanksgiving Day is a time to express gratitude. Nebraska's farmers and ranchers are hard-working and productive. But for me, the most important aspect of thankfulness is the One to whom I offer my thanks.

When we're thankful for what we do have, we don't worry so much about what we don't have. Have fun. But don't forget that it was just the day before that you were thinking of all the ways you've been blessed, and you shouldn't lose that sentiment when shopping.

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