Caroline Gerdes
November 27, 2014 7:00 am

“Thanksgiving is a magical time of year when families across the country join together to raise America’s obesity statistics. Personally, I love Thanksgiving traditions: watching football, making pumpkin pie, and saying the magic phrase that sends your aunt storming out of the dining room to sit in her car.” —   Stephen Colbert 

While Colbert, may have hit the nail on the head when it comes to the gluttony and family stress that comes with Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of people who have taken the day of bounty and feasting to reflect on what is good. After all, what is “Thanks”giving, without the thanks? Before we sit down today and enjoy the meals made with love (and often a few kitchen meltdowns), let’s reflect on some wise words discussing gratitude surrounding work, love, community, health and self. 

Dalai Lama

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” 

Oprah Winfrey

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Michael J. Fox

“I wake up curious every day and every day I’m surprised by something. And if I can just recognize that surprise every day and say, ‘Oh, that’s a new thing, that’s a new gift that I got today that I didn’t even know about yesterday,’ it keeps me going. It keeps me more than going. It keeps me enthusiastic and grateful.”

Maya Angelou 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

Willie Nelson

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Mindy Kaling

“When I was 18 years old, I took a semester off from college and was an intern at Late Night With Conan O’Brien. It was the most glamorous job I ever had, and I idolized the writers there. I remember lying in bed every night telling myself that if I ever got a job as a comedy writer, I would be so happy and all my dreams would have come true. Six years later I got that job, working on The Office. I felt incredibly happy and grateful for about a week, and then a whole new set of complaints set in. This would’ve shocked and disgusted my 18-year-old self. It’s helpful to remember the younger version of me because it reminds me to feel grateful when I want to be snotty.”

President Barack Obama

“Let’s be grateful for what we have. Let’s be mindful of those who have less. Let’s appreciate those who hold a special place in our lives, and make sure that they know it. And let’s think about those who can’t spend the holiday with their loved ones — especially the members of our military serving overseas.”

Michael Ian Black

“The thing that I think is the most important is taking moments to express your appreciation to your partner. A thank you or a quick kiss can go a long way toward affirming your relationship and commitment to each other. That’s not hard to do even when you’re juggling insane careers and three kids.” 

Malala Yousafzai

“I want to thank my family, my dear mother, my dear father. My father did not give me something extra, but what he did, he did not clip my wings. I am thankful to him for letting me fly.”

Amy Poehler

“The advice that I would give you would be, when things get dark, when you feel really crappy about yourself, or your body, or how you look, sometimes a good way to help yourself get out of that is to have some gratitude. What I mean by that is go around your body and kind of thank it for what it gives you and thank yourself for your great eyesight, or your thick hair, or nice legs, or strong teeth or whatever it is that you have, that you were given, and make friends with those parts of your body, and not try to focus on the parts that will never change. Because, look, we’re all different, everybody’s different, every body is different.”

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