Why It’s Important to Be Thankful

Why It’s Important to Be Thankful

It’s important to remember to be thankful because otherwise it’s easy to take things for granted that some people don’t have. Examples are: family, friends, a home, and food. People who have these often forget that some people don’t have any. Thanksgiving is a time where people get together to remember how lucky they are. If people didn’t have this tradition, then lots of us would never consider how fortunate they are. Even when life is feeling hard, remember that there’s always a bright side.

There is always something to be thankful for

Balinese kitchen

Balinese kitchen

Many people in rural countries don’t have a home or a reliable source of food. There are countless people in developed countries too. It’s very important to remember all those people. Many people forget to recognize those people, which is very sad because there are millions in the world who are very poor. We saw many people on our trip that had no house; they just lived under sheets of scrap metal. That made me very thankful to have a good house. It’s important to think about this because it makes you feel more fortunate.

Home on stilts, built in a flood zone, Cambodia

Home on stilts, built in a flood zone, Cambodia

Outdoor cooking

Outdoor cooking

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If you don’t remember to focus on how fortunate you are, then you can start feeling that you are unlucky. From there, it isn’t hard to become very greedy and selfish. Thanksgiving is a great time to remember how fortunate you are and to prevent yourself from becoming very greedy or selfish. This year, I am especially thankful to be able to see all my family again after my trip.

On a tree in Chiang Mai, Thailand

On a tree in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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