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Thanksgiving, like many other traditional celebrations, is a time to think about what we are grateful for. But you don't have to wait for a special day to spend a few minutes focusing on what you feel thankful for. Read more about gratitude and tell us what you think in the comments below. Thanks!

Gratitude

Were you taught to always say 'please' and 'thank you' when you were little? In many cultures, that's the polite thing to do. 

But there's a big difference between simply saying 'thank you' and really feeling thankful. 

What is gratitude?

Feeling thankful, or grateful, is called 'gratitude'. It's a positive feeling that comes from focusing on the good things in our lives. When we're grateful, we might feel warm, happy, lucky, calm, generous or full of love.

Gratitude can come naturally and with no planning. But research also shows that we can practise and develop our feelings of gratitude. This means making an effort to think about the things we have and feel lucky for. 

We could be grateful for friends, family or other loved ones, nature, animals, food, a home or life in general.

The benefits of gratitude

Life is often hard. And when things are tough, it's easy to feel as if nothing ever goes right. But practising gratitude regularly helps us balance negative emotions with positive ones. 

Research shows that practising gratitude helps us feel happier and build better social relationships.

What do you think?

Take a moment to think about these questions.

  • Who is one person you're glad to have in your life and why?
  • What enjoyable activity or moment have you experienced recently?
  • What skill or personal quality do you feel grateful to have?
  • Who or what has made you laugh or smile recently?
  • What's one thing that you really appreciate about your home?

Now choose one thing that you are grateful for and tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks a lot!

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Submitted by ceylince on Mon, 05/12/2022 - 20:43

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the person that i glad to have in my life is velihan. cause whatever we experience he's always with me and I always feel him no matter where i go. I treated him like a sh*t in the past and I'm really regret for behaving like this to him. i feel sometimes like he is the first and the last person who love me. i really love him but sometimes its not enough to come together in relationships.

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Submitted by Kirk on Wed, 30/11/2022 - 07:08

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It's nice to hear about what everyone is grateful for on this page, and I'm struck by how we are all grateful for similar things -- I too am grateful for my wife, children, family and friends and my job and living situation.

Best wishes!

Kirk
LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by ALEJA230981 on Wed, 30/11/2022 - 02:05

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I am really grateful for many things , first of all definitely the most important persons in my life is my dad , although I dont see him often , he write me every morning at 5 am and these message wake me up with a big smile.
My children are far a way the blessing of god , because they give me the reasons to work , became a better person and improve every day.
I am grateful for my healthy body and my capacity to give love to every one.

Submitted by lethi97 on Tue, 29/11/2022 - 11:49

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I'm a lucky man. Everything I have now is from God. I used to be a farmer at aged 21 and God made me become an English teacher at 25. I had great time with friends in the university who are very wonderful. I never thought of being a teacher before, but now I'm happy to teach children and bring knowledge to everyone.

Submitted by هبه علي on Thu, 24/11/2022 - 22:45

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I am grateful for my fiance

Submitted by LluísLL on Wed, 23/11/2022 - 13:57

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I'm grateful for family, my two daugters makes me smile.