Giving thanks

Hello, dear followers! How are you doing? Are you ready for December?

As for me, I’m having a lazy and rather sleepy morning, so I decided to start the day with our weekly post to see if I manage to “wake up”.


As you know, today is Thanksgiving. (I love it when special days fall on Thursdays! :D) Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the US and in Canada every year, on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a religious holiday that does not really belong to any religion in particular. People gather with their families and friends around a table filled with food to give thanks for everything.

In Brazil, we call it Dia de Ação de Graças, but we do not celebrate it at all – it is not even a holiday actually.

However, I do like the idea of being thankful and using the date as an “excuse” to acknowledge all good things that have happened.

This year, I’m thankful for:

  • First of all, as always, my family. We lost one member, but won another, and another one is on his/her way.
  • Secondly, also as always, my friends, who are like family to me. They are always there for me when I need, always by my side in the good and the bad moments.
  • My professional life. I work with something I love the way I have always dreamed of. I wouldn’t change it a tiny bit.
  • The incredible year I had, both professionally and personally. I achieved many goals and accomplished wonders. I also completely changed my health life, and now have a perfect exercise and diet routine.
  • Meeting wonderful people who acknowledge my work and are incredible human beings. And all the other colleagues, for still being there and brightening up my day, every day.
  • And last but not least, you, my readers, of course, for reading, liking, commenting and sharing my posts.


After writing this year’s list, I read last year’s. It is interesting to see the things we were grateful for in the past – what remains the same and what has changed.

Wouldn’t you also like to take this chance to thank for something?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Related resources:
Menu para o Dia de Ação de Graças (English version)
Seven Thanksgiving Related Words and Phrases
The Best Foods to Eat this Thanksgiving (for runners – since I’m into running)
25 Thanksgiving Jokes That Will Get You Through Dinner With Your Family
Give Thanks in 30 Languages (since Portuguese is not on the list: Obrigada!)

5 thoughts on “Giving thanks

  1. Thank you for this post — it is indeed a very good thing to take time to reflect on things we are thankful for 🙂 A teeny-tiny correction — Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. The origins of Thanksgiving are as a harvest festival, and up here in the great white north, our harvest comes earlier than it does for our neighbours to the south! But I agree that it’s the act, rather than the date, that is important! Thank you for taking the time to blog and to share your thoughts and experience with us 🙂


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