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Figuring Out What You’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving


Families and friends will gather around tables this Thanksgiving and someone will likely say, “Let’s all tell something we’re thankful for.” [Unless they’re strict on grammar. If so, they’ll more likely say, “Let’s all verbally share something for which we are thankful.“]

This puts everyone on the spot and perspiration drops begin to form depending on where you are in the table rotation. Will everyone else use up the “family… safe home… love of all of you… our dog… that mom didn’t burn the pumpkin pie this year…” answers before it gets to you?

I found 19 great questions to help foster that attitude of gratitude when you’re put on the spot this weekend. These questions were originally posted by counselor and associate editor of PsychCentral Margarita Tartakovsky. Use these as a way to generate some new ideas of things for which you are truly grateful this holiday season.

  1. What are the things you use every day that you’re thankful for (anything from your pillow to your journal to your iPhone)? Why?
  2. Who are the people in your life you can talk to about anything?
  3. Who are the people in your life who always make you smile?
  4. Who are the people in your life who always make you laugh and forget your worries?
  5. What are the fun and meaningful things your body lets you do?
  6. What are your favorite foods?
  7. What activities really nourish you?
  8. What’s on your gratitude alphabet?
  9. What energizes you?
  10. What are your favorite places to frequent?
  11. What’s your favorite part of your day?
  12. What can’t you live without?
  13. What has been your best decision this year?
  14. What do you love about your home?
  15. What do you love about nature?
  16. What are your favorite sounds?
  17. What are your favorite scents?
  18. What books or blog posts or quotes do you turn to when you need to remember you’re not alone?
  19. What do you have now that you didn’t in the past that brings you much happiness (love; faith; knowledge about something; a fulfilling job; a newborn)?

Now you have some new ideas of things you can say around the table, with friends, or even to God in a prayer of thankfulness this Thanksgiving.

– Pastor Jeff Denton