Gratitude at Thanksgiving – My Top 10

I learned a lot about being thankful back in the day with Werner Erhard. Acknowledging how great my life already is instead of waiting for it to turn out has given me many happy, satisfied years. Like many of you, I have been getting a lot of bad financial news lately. Fortunately, I still have much to be grateful for.

Thanksgiving is a nice tradition because it provides us with a ritual, a turn at the table where we can share the things we are thankful for.

My top 10 list:
1. being born: my parents for their genes, their shelter and the preparation for life they gave me
2. excellent health, vitality: a body that kindly responds to my efforts to stay in shape
3. food: access to nutritious, healthy food and lots of water
4. husband, Ray: thoughtful, handsome, smart, fun, partner in all endeavors
5. friends: off-line and on-line
6. internet: I’m addicted
7. moments in Kauai: this is a very special place
8. mixing: interesting gatherings, anywhere
9. my current projects: stimulating past experience: privilege and a pleasure, no regrets

Please share what you are thankful for and feel free to provide a link to your blog post on the subject.

Here are some select Thanksgiving posts (updated):
Preparation: Healthy Thanksgiving
“New York Times” Organize to Innovate – The CEO of Thanksgiving
“Guanabee” Thanksgiving with Relatives
“Wired” 20 Turkeys of 2008
Guy Kawasaki 10 Tiny Apps for Macintosh Users
Mashable on Tweetsgiving Fundraiser
Jerusha Stewart – Say Thank You
Valeria Maltoni “Conversation Agent” Thank Your Customers
Todd Jordan – Thankful
Los Angeles Times History of Thanksgiving

About Linda Sherman

International, multicultural marketing pro, Linda brings a distinguished background of international subsidiary CEO/CMO to her Social Marketing expertise. These include CEO Club Med Japan, Barilla Japan and CMO Wal-Mart Japan. Linda Sherman has been featured and quoted in Forbes, The New York Times, Christian Monitor and other leading publications. She devised and implemented an innovative guerrilla-marketing plan for ZIMA in Japan that produced a lasting, profitable success. Linda has hands-on technical skills in building and search optimizing WordPress websites and an influential on-line presence. Linda teaches social marketing for business at the University of Hawaii. Her company, The Courage Group, provides websites, digital film, branding and social marketing strategy and training.

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@Wendy Thank you so much for including your Thanksgiving post here. I love the way you used the occasion to compare where you were Thanksgiving 2007 to today.

Ellen Weber kindly sent me a nice link through Twitter that explains through brain physiology why we don't easily retain good intentions

Backsliding is easy - that is why regular reminders to self are helpful to anyone, including me.


@Ellen I love your "brain talk". Way back when I was doing my undergrad degree in Psychology, the study of how the brain works was very murky but also my favorite subject. Thank you for the reminder that our own choices are very powerful.

@Marti You're not late at all. Acknowledgment must be continuously renewed.

It was indeed a particularly wonderful "Tuesday Open Comment Night" at for me. I am grateful to Liz Strauss for providing the stimulation and the space to meet both of you.


Sorry I'm so late. It was delightful chatting with you at Liz' tonight. I love your point about acknowledging the good things we have in our life. It was great to read your list and those in the comments. I am so grateful for the internet, because it lets me meet such amazing people - like you!

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber

Linda, what a refreshing way to reboot the human brain to ensure it goes forward with zip. Interestingly, the brain's capacity for thanks and that for complaining - cannot co-exist. Far better to choose the neuron pathways to thanks as you do so well:-) Thanks for inspiring the rest of us!


Todd, Vanessa, Jerusha, Isabella, Valeria, Kent
I am thankful for your friendship!


Sounds good, Happy Thanksgiving!

Valeria Maltoni
Valeria Maltoni

Thank you for the shout, Linda. I like the vitality of your list. I am grateful for people like you who are addicted to the Internet - we would have probably not met otherwise.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers.


"Mahalo Nui Loa" (Hawaiian for Thank You Very Much) for including me in your thoughts and your blog on this special day! I'm thankful for your generosity of spirit in sharing my views with your online friends.

We all have so much more to be thankful for than we probably realize. I'm grateful for this day which reminds us all to have an attitude of gratitude!


What a great list! Happy Thanksgiving!

Todd Jordan
Todd Jordan

Wonderful list. I need to get cracking on mine. :)
Life holds so many blessings we miss our appreciating because we are so busy being grumpy.