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Gratitude on this Thanksgiving

© Tharun15 | Dreamstime.com - <a href="https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-illustration-happy-thanksgiving-abstract-illustration-image62181516#res2965056">Happy Thanksgiving Photo</a>Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

There’s been research showing that practicing gratitude can be beneficial to your health and satisfaction.

On this Thanksgiving, I’m feeling a lot of gratitude for many things and I’d like to share them. Here are some famous quotations on the subject.

My family

Family and friends come first, of course. It’s so pleasurable to be able to share the holiday and to appreciate family and friends.

“The home is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose, and that is to support the ultimate career.” – C.S. Lewis

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –Marcel Proust

My business

I feel truly blessed that I’ve been able to have a business, see it grow, and make some wonderful connections with people over the years. I get tremendous satisfaction in what I do.

“Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” — Marcus Aurelius

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” –Robert Quillen (20th century journalist and the voice of small-town America)

My country

I recently viewed again Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball and one of the interviewees said that a 1,000 years from now what history will remember about the U.S. is the Constitution, jazz, and baseball. I surely agree. The wisdom the Constitution was recently demonstrated with the presidential election. Jazz and Broadway musicals speak for America. And baseball after the recent World Series is once again the national pastime.

“When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.” –Adlai Stevenson

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.” –Sinclair Lewis

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” --Abraham Lincoln

Conclusion

I hope you share my sense of gratitude at this time of the year.

In the words of President Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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