10 Things I'm Thankful For -- My Thanksgiving List

Giving Thanks This Year

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's easy to get swept up in the negative aspects of the holiday season: the crowds, the noise, the pile up of assignments at work as everyone scambles to take a holiday vacation. This year, however, I'm taking the time to stop for a moment and remember some of the good things in my life. With that in mind, here is my list of things that I am thankful for. 

My Thanksgiving Holiday List

1. I'm thankful for the friends I have. This is going to sound so cliché, but my friends are the best I could ask for, and are truly like my family. My best girl friend is someone whom I've known literally since we were babies, and she's like a sister to me. Meanwhile, my best guy friend is awesome and goes above and beyond the call of friendship. I mean, this is a guy who got up at 4 a.m. to carry my bags for me when my plane arrived late during one of our vacations together. It doesn't get much better than that.

2. I'm thankful for my family. I'm fortunate in that my parents and in-laws have become friends, so it makes for a really nice Thanksgiving dinner each year. My husband's aunt and uncle always host it, and we usually have a very pleasant day together with minimal fights. The only argument I can remember breaking out during my 12 years of attending was when I got into a fight with one of their friends over Buffy, of all things. This man wanted to watch football and I wanted to watch the Buffy marathon. He then declared that Buffy was violent and was responsible for corrupting the minds of our youth. I argued that football is even more violent -- and that unlike Buffy, it was not make-believe. Needless to say, this guy did not like me very much. He eventually shut up, so I guess I won our little debate.

3. I'm thankful for my cat. Maya is sweet. Maya is cuddly. Maya is awesome. I don't know where I'd be in the world today without my Maya to watch over me and guide me. It's as simple as that.

4. I'm thankful that I live in New York City. Yeah, I'm biased, but to me, NYC is the best place on Earth -- and I've been to a lot of places, so I do know what's out there! We've got great food, museums, entertainment, a mix of cultures ... I still smile every time I cross over the bridge and see our wonderful skyline in the distance.

5. I'm thankful that I've gotten to travel so much. I think that visiting other countries has broadened my horizons and made me a much more interesting and understanding person. There's still a lot of the world that I haven't seen and I'm looking forward to exploring the rest of it. So on that note, I'm thankful that our world is so big!

6. I'm thankful for the Internet. The Internet has opened so many doors for me in terms of my writing and music. Also, sites like Facebook have allowed me to get in touch with old friends. I think back to my college days in the early '90s and don't understand how I ever survived without obsessively checking my e-mail.

7. I'm thankful for Mother Nature. She's given us beautiful turquoise oceans, tumbling waterfalls, rainbows, rocky red cliffs and rolling, green fields. I'm still in awe whenever I catch a gorgeous sunset or come face-to-face with a snow-capped mountain. We all need to take better care of our planet.

8. I'm thankful for chocolate. I love chocolate. Chocolate rules. I'm not picky, either -- I'll eat anything from gourmet chocolate to a Hershey bar. The more the better...

9. I'm thankful for the good in people. I tend to be in cynic, but just when you write someone off, they'll often surprise you. Now that I've been making more of a point to do charity work, I'm encountering more and more wonderful people, who are serving as my role models.

10. I'm thankful for my husband. Next April, we celebrate 10 years of marriage. I don't know how he puts up with me sometimes, but he does, and we're still having fun together. I don't know what I'd do without him.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

A great List! Well written!


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Anath 7 years ago

Congratulations on that coming 10th anniversary, that is certainly something to be thankful for, you found love, you found a companion and that is one of the most fantastic things!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Naomi, great list to be thankful for! Especially the one on your 10th year anniversary, that is really sweet. Seems like you and me have something in common, I love chocolates too =).


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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Hi Naomi, your hub captures the essence of the ole saying, "In all things give thanks!" Thanks for sharing your list.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

While reading your list, all of a sudden, it felt like 'my list'! I don't have a cat, but i love your no 8! Happy thanksgiving! There is much to be grateful for despite what's going on in this crazy world! Great hub!


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Richard Armen 7 years ago

That is a great list to be thankful for.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

Thank you for this Thankful list. Great hub.


RoseScottw 7 years ago

I enjoyed reading this hub. As for New York. I agree. It is a great place to live. I visited it twice and I will visit it again. I would like to live there for a while. Maybe I can live a two places. One of them would be New York.


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EOCedeno 7 years ago from Mactan Island,Cebu,Philippines

i am thankful for people like you who can place words on feelings that i cant write about. only one big thing i am thankful for LIFE in BIG CAPITAL LETTERS! happy thanksgiving everyone.


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Vizey 7 years ago

everyone loves their country so do you do.. it is not an exception.. interetsing topic. We all must be thankful to things that we have got..


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RossMc 7 years ago from Amsterdam/Galveston/Other Places

simple things are the ones can be most grateful for.. Thanks for reminding us. Happy thanksging!


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successfulblogger 7 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

Nice hub.


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Harsh Sharma 7 years ago from Mumbai,India

Hi.You are the one with an attitude of gratitude.Congrats NaomiR ! And I'm very very pleased to meet a fellow chocoholic.Happy thanksgiving !


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HarperSmith 7 years ago

That's a nice hub and a great topic. Being thankful is a great first step toward happiness.


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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York Author

Thanks, everyone! I'm also thankful that my little list is being so well-received.


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Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

Hi Naomi, I'm new here and got to read this very nice list of yours first! The others have picked their fave, the one that hit me is #9. I am also kinda cynic, but I'd like to be surprised by goodness in people. Great that you found it around you. Thanks for the list.


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Karenrphelps 7 years ago

Hi Naomi, Very nice to hear the positive things in life we all can take for granted way too often! Enjoyed reading your list - spurred me to write my own in my journal. Thanks for sharing.


gigi @ nfl ornaments 7 years ago

I love your grateful list. It reminds me of a lot of things I am grateful for. My fat cat, my dog, family and especially CHOCOLATE!!! lol


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

NaomiR, Nice Hub! It is great that you have so many things to be thankful for... Thank you for sharing! Blessings!


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swosugrad09 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Congrats on the 10 years! I too am so thankful for my family and friends, what a blessing!!


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RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your husband, and your cat.

I'm thankful that you are encouraging gratitude!


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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York Author

Hppy Thanksgiving to you, too!


James Michael 7 years ago

Great list. Lucky you are.


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Maggie Butler 7 years ago from Little Ole' Iowa

Wonderful List.... Great hub!!


Denise 100 7 years ago

Being British I don't really get Thanksgiving, but I can see it's a lovely idea for us all to look at the great things in our lives. Sounds like you have a lot to be grateful for, have a lovely holiday with your family!


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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York Author

Thanks, everyone!


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ComputerGuy 7 years ago

Nice list. I'm thankful for people who give thanks instead of spread negativity.


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Sybil Marie 7 years ago

Nice hub, fabulous gratitude!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great list, Naomi. Reminds me of the hub I wrote: Blessings and Gratitude. Its great to have at least one holiday that REMIMDS the ave person to be thankful. I know many people, like myself, that offer daily gratitude. Namaste.


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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

Your list is identical to mine! Only my cat is called Gracie and my husband I have been married for 8 years :) I think about this list every night for a few minutes before falling asleep :)

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