Happy Thanksgiving

No, I Have Not Lost Track of Time

121 Last November I talked about the difference between Thanksgiving Day and thanksgiving.  I planned to say “Happy Thanksgiving” more often since gratitude is a powerful part of creating a joyful life.

I have to admit that I have not said Happy Thanksgiving to folks out of season–though I still want to try it.  Perhaps they’ll think they are on Candid Camera?

However, pondering that topic last November has helped me to broaden my definition of gratitude, which has helped me to expand my definition of a life well lived.  More on that in another post.

Today I am pondering the meaning of Happy + Thanksgiving.

Happy means delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing.

Thanksgiving means the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, an expression of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving = Delighted, Grateful Expression of Thanks

Is that powerful or what? I often make time for gratitude in my life.  For example when I am meeting with a prospective new client, before the meeting I say, “Thank you for this opportunity, no matter the outcome.  I am grateful for each new person in my life.”

KC_OverTheHump_Masthead 230x200Or when I receive a solicitation for a donation.  I don’t have the resources to give to every cause that comes across my desk, so I used to feel bad.  Now I think about how grateful I am for the work they are doing. I feel more peaceful.

Now I will take it to a new level and work on creating more “delighted, grateful expressions of thanks”!

How have you changed your behavior or attitude to create peace around situations or request that used to bother you?  What ideas or practices do you use?

Please help us grow more Joyful by sharing with a comment below!

A delighted, grateful expression of THANKS to you all for being a part of this community.

Continued success,

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3 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Great post. Thank YOU for sharing such a powerful and insightful definition of Happy Thanksgiving. I think that your definition will stick in my consciousness.

    • Nice! Sometimes going back to the basics, like the dictionary, is really useful, not to mention fun.
      Happy Thanksgiving Justin!