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When you’re prepping for Thanksgiving, there might be a few different things you are looking forward to. It might be turkey, pumpkin pie, and other amazing delicacies, typical for the day. It could also be family time, that you hope to be fun and joyful instead of problematic. People also appreciate Thanksgiving sales, parades, and football matches. 

But, arguably, the best thing about Thanksgiving is… the day after. And not because it’s Black Friday. It’s because there’s no more prepping to be done. Now, you can sit back, relax, not worry about whether the turkey is dry or not, and look at all the Thanksgiving memes you’ve missed. Scroll down to enjoy.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve inadvertently “celebrated” it a couple of years by picking that weekend to travel.

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There is one thing that we all can take away from Thanksgiving and continue practicing in our everyday lives for as long as we can. And that is, of course, gratitude.

The practice has been growing in popularity in recent years and for a good reason. It’s because many studies dedicated to analyzing the effects of incorporating gratefulness into your life are reporting on great results.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As basically the ONLY non conservative in my family, I’ve given up trying to change their minds.

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The most straightforward discovery that researchers have made is that gratitude simply makes us feel better. When we stop taking things such as hot water and food on the table for granted, we tend to feel better about how we live and what we do have. We appreciate it more. That alone is a good enough reason for picking it up. But that’s not all.

Researchers have also proved that gratitude positively affects relationships. That goes for all of them because it enhances our overall empathy and improves our communication. In other words, when people show us that they care about us, we start to feel for them, too, strengthening our social bonds.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least most of them aren't on their cell phones all through the meal.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That sums it up perfectly. Except the part that in most families it is still the women who cook it all and clean it all up.

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The study on gratitude in romantic relationships really breaks down how gratitude works in social situations. See, once our partners show appreciation to us, we feel more appreciative of them. In turn, we become more responsive to our partner’s needs and also feel more committed to the relationship. This, of course, works both ways, making a loving gratitude loop that never ends.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you ever do Mom's job - even once - this will all become understandable.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't tell me what I CAN'T have because then it's all I can thing of. Tell me what I CAN have.

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Believe it or not, gratitude can also affect our physical health. There are only a few limited studies out there, but the results so far are quite positive. For example, one study analyzed how a simple “thank you” can affect the well-being of an acute care nurse. 

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The scientists found that hearing more words of gratitude from their patients and colleagues helped nurses feel more satisfied with their performance. This, in turn, also affected their sleep quality, headaches, and attempts to eat healthy.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son gives something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. However the lack of sleep does not.

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See my other comment about being the only non conservative adult in my family. :/

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm team "make cranberry sauce from scratch," personally. Nothing quite as nice as biting into a whole mouth-puckering berry AW YEAH

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If this still isn’t enough to persuade you to brush up on your gratitude skills, know that there’s yet another benefit—being grateful also makes you more patient. According to the study, this can impact your financial choices. That is, when you are grateful for what you already have, you are less likely to rush into dubious economic decisions.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tell me you’re a dad without telling me you’re a dad!!

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only if a prince/princess in disguise dramatically trips in front of you and you spectacularly catch them while everyone else around you barely pause long enough to nod approvingly at your heroics. Happened to me twice.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

History is a story starring europe as the main character...in a story where the main character is the villain....

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Gratitude can also help you when you’re feeling down. Apparently, showing appreciation for what you have can make you feel more supported as well as lower your stress and depression levels. Furthermore, it can make you more resilient and increase the feeling that your life is meaningful.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me, a person who is aware of our respective countries’ colonial histories: he was very, very, VERY mean

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So, let’s all continue to be thankful. Thankful for the food we had, the deals we’ve snatched, and the memes we’ve laughed at. Let’s hope next year’s celebrations are as fun if not better than this.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bugger! Is it Spring forward and Fall back? Or is it Fall back and Spring further back?

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm glad to fill the napping dad role if anyone has any vacancies.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. I showed up in pyjamas, because this is my house, and I've been cooking all day.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like how there's just an 'I had to beat an old lady with a stick' at the bottom

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