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Giving thanks this season

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Recently I was out shopping with my wife and observed a peculiar oddity.  There were multiple aisles with Halloween items followed by many aisles of Christmas items with just a small amount of Thanksgiving things.  Hopefully our celebration of Thanksgiving does not mirror the store aisles.

Thanksgiving is an important time of the year to show appreciation to those around us and give thanks for our blessings.  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.  It's not because of the plethora of food, or the watching of parades and football or because I spend time with my family.  These are all wonderful traditions, but it is because this holiday reminds me to take the time to reflect on the positive things in my life and give thanks for how God has blessed me.

There are many benefits to showing appreciation and giving thanks.  For example, showing appreciation to others helps build a better environment where people feel they have been recognized for their contribution to the group.  Whether this is in the work place or at home, it can build a contagious positive energy for all that are involved.  I've also observed that giving thanks is a strong motivational tool that allows people to see that you validate them and appreciate the input they have given. 

Regardless of your Thanksgiving traditions, please take time to not just count your blessings but to also share words of appreciation to others who have made your life better. 

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!