“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”
Regardless of whether or not you are in a country that celebrates Thanksgiving, I think that giving thanks and spending a day being grateful for the things you have and the people you love is important.
As the days lead up to Thanksgiving, we talk about the turkey, the massive feast, Black Friday, and how delicious our meals will be, but that’s not what Thanksgiving is about. That is not to say I don’t get excited for the turkey and pie (believe me, I do), but being able to spend time with my family is the most important thing for me.
9 months out of the year, I’m away from home. I see my parents every few months, if I’m lucky, and my extended family even less often. Thanksgiving is an opportunity that we have every year to gather as a family and spend quality time together. I cherish it.
Having people that you love and that love you in return is one of the most important things in life. They’re your support system, there for you in good times and bad. Even if you don’t see them as often as you would like, they’re one text or phone call away. Relationships with your loved ones are important to maintain and Thanksgiving is an occasion that gives us the excuse to do just that.
So take this day to say thank you with your words or your actions, whether you live in the United States or not. Spend time with the people you love and let them know you’re happy to have them in your life.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.