S – Every morning I hold my little angel statue and give thanks for all the people in my life and all the other little things I have to be grateful for. I like most people might not be exactly where I want to be as far as money and career but I have a wonderful family, great friends and a sweet little dog. If I have learned anything through the years it is that money comes and goes, which, don’t get me wrong sucks…  But when it comes down to what’s really important, it’s true, family, friends and health are at the top of the list. I am excited this year that my whole immediate family will be together for Thanksgiving including that new baby. My family together is craziness at its best.  We all joke, get each others jokes and feed off each other. Should be a fun day!  I have a lot to be thankful for, I hope you do too 🙂

MB – I say my gratitudes every evening before bed. This method helps me to focus on all the good my day held and let go of all the negative that may have occurred. I then express gratitude for how wonderful the next day will be. I come from a family of 8 siblings, most of whom are married with children and  a few grandchildren. Thanksgiving, or any holiday consists of around 40 people, noise, laughter, and the occasional sports argument. After dinner, the games come out, a round of Spot it!, Five Crowns, or the most boisterous one of all Pit. An outsider walking in may consider this chaos, but in reality it’s love, acceptance, and joy.

This year I am grateful that my daughter made it home for the holiday, that my son’s dog survived her surgery, on the road to recovery and that life is for the most part good. We all have our trials and tribulations. It’s how we choose to deal with them that dictates the quality of our lives. I am thankful that I have the freedom to choose to see the bright side and humor in almost every scenario life presents me.

We wish you a life of joy, love and gratitude this Thanksgiving.