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Especially at this time of year, we should all remember to be thankful and grateful for what we have.  Below are two stories—the first one from an 8th grader and the second one from a college student.  They both have important information to share.

Importance of Being with Family During Thanksgiving – 8th grader

During Thanksgiving, it is important to be with family for many reasons. But, it is also important to tell somebody/everybody what you’re thankful for and why you’re thankful. In this passage, I will give you at least three reasons why, during Thanksgiving, it is important to share your thanks and being with family.

#1: Being With Family

It is important to be with family during Thanksgiving because of many reasons. The first reason is because Thanksgiving is like you’re having a family reunion, except that you get to chat, play games, meet new family members, and sharing your thanks. The second reason is that Thanksgiving should be, for everyone, one of the holidays that your whole family can have a “Get-Together.” You get to chat with someone you didn’t even know was part of your family.

The third reason is that Thanksgiving is a historical holiday, and was started when the pilgrims came to the New World, present-day North America, and set up a feast to share with the Native Americans a peace treaty. Thanksgiving actually started after this, in 1864, during the civil war, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

#2: Why You Should be Thankful

During Thanksgiving, you should be thankful because you get to be with the family that gave you life, who brought you into this world. The first thing you should be thankful for is that you have a family that cares about you. They care about you more than anything in the world and would never give you up. The second thing you should be thankful for is that you can reconnect with long-lost family members. This is important because you need to know who your family is. The third thing you should be thankful for is what you have and how lucky you are to have them. The final thing you should be thankful for is that you have life, and you need to show how thankful you are for showing how thankful you are.

This is two important parts about Thanksgiving. Now I have a request. This Thanksgiving, I want you to go to everyone with you and tell them how thankful you are, how lucky you are to have them in your life. I had a cousin who I didn’t get to tell him how thankful I was to have him in my life. I didn’t get to though because his ex-girlfriend told him to commit suicide, so he shot himself while he burned down his garage. This had a negative effect on his dad and his brother, who was all he had. I want you to tell everyone how thankful you are to have them in your life before you lose them.

What It Means To Truly Be Thankful – college student

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, the semester is coming to an end, and everyone is more stressed than ever. But don’t worry, Thanksgiving is coming! The time has come to watch the Macy’s Parade, watch a football game, shop ’til you drop, throw it down in the kitchen, and eat yourself into a food coma. It’s also the time to be thankful, but that’s not that important, right? Over the years, Thanksgiving has become less about being thankful and more about making sure you get the best deals at stores. Everyone is in a hurry to finish eating so they can go do something else. Thanksgiving has lost its meaning. It’s hard to be thankful for everyday things when we’re aren’t thankful for them every day. So what does it mean to be truly thankful? How do we put the thanks back into Thanksgiving?

It’s simple. First we have to address what the meaning of thanksgiving is. According to, thanksgiving is “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.” Notice how this definition doesn’t say “the act of giving thanks on one day out of the year.” The holiday of Thanksgiving and actual thanksgiving are two different things. Just because it isn’t Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t be thankful. The moment November hits everyone starts saying what they are thankful for: their parents, their job, their house, etc. But what about the other 11 months of the year? Are you remembering to be thankful then?

Here’s the thing, we can’t just be thankful during November. There is so much to be thankful for. When you wake up every day, before your feet even touch the floor, find at least three things to be thankful for. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, it can be as simple as the snooze button on your alarm. Be thankful for the little things in life. See the beauty in everything because everything is a blessing. When you start to become thankful for small things in life your outlook on life begins to change.

Thanksgiving is about being thankful but it what it truly means to be thankful is to be appreciative. You don’t need big meals and sweet deals to be thankful. All you need is to appreciate life and the people around you. Thanksgiving is not supposed to be a day where you remember to be thankful for stuff, but a reminder of all the things you are thankful for every day. Life is busy and sometimes it’s easy to forget all the great things we have. When life gets stressful and it seems like everything is bad it can be hard to find something to be thankful for. But life is a gift and for that we should be thankful.

Lastly after reading the above stories, what is the difference between gratitude and thankfulness

Thankfulness refers to expression while gratitude is a state of being.

When you sit at the dinner table across from friends and loved ones this thanksgiving, you will be glad that they found the time to be with you. You are thankful for their presence in your life and you are happy that everything has been well with them since the last celebration. However, gratitude goes way deeper than that. It is a state of being, where you feel a sense of appreciation coming from deep within you. You are at peace with the world and you appreciate that state of affairs from deep within. The feeling of calm these thoughts and emotions bring to mind is all fulfilling.

Acts of thankfulness last a moment while gratitude is a way of life.

During thanksgiving, we get attuned to the presence of others in our lives. We express our fondness of friends and loved ones, and embrace their gestures of love and affection. The gestures we extend are a sign of thankfulness. During this time, however, the way we feel and the things we show are a manifestation of our state of mind. Gratefulness is essentially a way of life, and it entails staying aware of our place in universe. It requires us to stay alert of the role of others in our lives, staying connected to what everyone around us does to keep us happy. This is different from the fleeting nature of the act of saying a mere ‘thank you’. Through thankfulness, we get to make a sense of our lives and learn to credit our loved ones with the appreciation they deserve.

Thankfulness is a social norm applicable in general situations while gratitude is the special manifestation of spirituality, love and affection.

It is easy to go out to the store and say something nice to an attendant or fellow shopper for one thing or another. This is a sign of thankfulness for something they have done for you. You are saying thank you to a stranger, but beyond that, there are no ties. Gratitude is the manifestation of love, devotion and commitment towards those who mean the world to you. It encompasses shared experiences, shared love and an understanding that the universe has conspired to keep us happy, and help us understand how connected we are to others.

You may also want to review these articles in CSQuest: Why Gratitude of Good for You and Healthiest Attitude is One of Gratitude.