Being Thankful

"Let's all go around the room and say what we're thankful for." 

Setting up this thankfulness exercise for a Thanksgiving get-together is usually met with polite compliance, sometimes groaning or, rarely, a zealous expression of an entire year of fortunate occurrences and blessings. We embrace this tradition. Studies show that those who are grateful are happier and live longer. Expressions of gratitude benefit the individual, as well as those around them, which can reverberate through an entire community. Gratitude is contagious.

Today in Switzerland is like every other day (Thanksgiving is a North American tradition). Yet, thankfulness and gratitude are universal sentiments. So whether it's Thanksgiving or any other day of the year, we are thankful and it is worth reflecting on.

We are thankful for the little things and the bigger things in life, for special occasions and life's milestones, for fresh air and clean water, for our health and modern medicine, for beautiful landscapes and art, for soundness of mind and the ability to learn new things, for regular and occasional guests, for friends and family at home and abroad, for the New Glarus community. We are truly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!