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Top 10 Reasons for Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Updated on December 31, 2016
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Jan T Urquhart Baillie has many sides to her personality, born out of a difficult life, and success due to her optimism and practical skills

Give thanks every day of the year

Being thankful for the gifts we are given every day is not just for one day of the year.

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday in Australia, but we can be thankful for what we have.

Let me share with you ten reasons for giving thanks which reminds us that anyone can be thankful they have been given.

Reason 1 to be thankful

Be glad you're alive!

Live every day like it is your last.

Fill each day with joy.

Don't waste a single moment.

Give thanks for being here.

Life is to be lived - with thanks and joy


Reason 2 to be thankful

Be grateful for your talents

Everyone has talents. Yes, even you!

Your talent may be keeping your family happy.

It may be that you can laugh when life is not so great.

You may have a talent for making others feel good.

Perhaps you are a good listener.

Perhaps you could listen - to an aged person's worries

Aged woman
Aged woman

They would be thankful

Big or small house - it's still your castle

Roof over your head
Roof over your head

Reason 3 to be thankful

You have shelter

Perhaps your house is not a fancy mansion, but it has a roof to keep you dry, walls to keep the wind away, and windows to keep the rain from you.

Some in this world have no, or little shelter from the elements.

Reason 4 to be thankful

You eat every day

Even if you are not sitting in a 'posh' restaurant, you probably eat at least one meal every day, unlike many others on the planet.

Some of us are so blessed, we can eat whatever we want whenever we want. We can have snacks, cupcakes, chocolates, all the yummy things available.

We get to eat out — in a restaurant or diner — not in the gutter.

Give thanks you are not hungry

hungry African boy
hungry African boy

Reason 5 to be thankful

You can see!

There are so many people who have failing vision, or who can't see at all.

Be grateful that you have your eyes and you can see the world around you in all its beauty.

Give thanks for precious eyesight

You can see
You can see

How much have you to be thankful for - Share with us

Do you have lots to be thankful for?

Reason 6 to be thankful

You live in a free country

  • Free to speak your mind
  • Free to go where you please
  • Free to live anywhere
  • Free to vote
  • Free to be free

Reason 7 to be thankful

You have been to school

In many lands, this is not a right.

In some lands, this is not available.

We are very fortunate to live in countries that value education.

Give thanks for having a chance at schooling


Reason 8 to be thankful

You have some true friends

You are not alone.

You are surrounded by many friends who love you.

Be glad you have good friends.

Give thanks for great friends

Friends at college
Friends at college

Reason 9 to be thankful

You have opportunities

We live where opportunities offer themselves every day.

Grab an opportunity when it is presented to you, and be thankful it was offered.

Give thanks for having choices


Reason 10 to be thankful

for being you

  • You are special
  • You are unique
  • You are talented
  • You are beautiful
  • You can read
  • You can see

You are you!

You are a gift

You are a gift
You are a gift

In everything give thanks — Paul apostle


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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @VSP: Thank you so much

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      VSP 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have featured you with other RM's on my Being Thankful for the Basics lens.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @Lilly-n-Lloyd: Wow! That's something to be thankful for.

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      Lilly-n-Lloyd 6 years ago

      I like to put into my prayers about thankfulness but I had forgotten for awhile. Then the day after I remembered to put it back in my prayers, I won a prize (something pretty grand) the very next day!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @LyricalVenus: And so say all of us!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for popping in.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Thanks to you! This is a beautifully written lens. So many things to feel the abundance.

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      LyricalVenus 6 years ago

      Beautiful. So many reasons to give thanks!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @ElizabethSheppard: I'm glad you came!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @bead at home mom: That's the idea. Thanks for popping in.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Hi! I am visiting your lens that is on the Squidoo RocketMoms Plexo today. I'm glad I came. thanks for having me!

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      Very thoughtful page and helping us to remember to keep things in perspective. Lovely pics.