Guest Blog: What We’re Thankful For This November

November 10, 2010 at 8:07 am , by

I met Jen Singer at a writer’s conference and became a fan of her blog, where she describes herself as “the mother of two boys who talk to me through the bathroom door.” We got to talking about the holiday season and how it’s fashionable to keep a gratitude journal. As LHJ’s health editor, I have to point out that expressing what you’re thankful for has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, help you sleep better and make you feel more happy. But we already know all the obvious ways: yes, we’re grateful for our families, our health, our jobs (if we’re lucky enough to have them). But beyond the big stuff, what about those unsung simple pleasures that can really make your day? For me, for example, I love that on these bright, dry, crisp days of November, my hair doesn’t frizz. Here’s Jen’s list. What’s on yours?


By Jen Singer

1. Chilly weather is an excuse to drink chocolate.

2. I no longer spend my extra “fall back” hour explaining to a toddler why 4:30 a.m. is an ungodly time to awaken for the day.

3. Mom jeans may be inheritajen-beach-10ble but, luckily, there is a cure.

4. I didn’t grow up at a time when every bad perm, lousy boyfriend and stupid choice (i.e. “upside-down margaritas,” belly shirts) are chronicled online forever.

5. “Forgot My Password.” Because too often, I do.

6. The Halloween candy is gone (except for the emergency stash I keep behind the coffee maker. Shhhhh.)

7. My wrinkles mean I have smiled a lot in the sun.

8. Politicians have stopped sending me mail—until 2012.

9. Nobody is wondering why I haven’t sent out Thanksgiving cards.

10. January.

Okay, now it’s your turn. What’s on your list?

Jen Singer is the editor-in-chief of and the author of five books. She is also grateful that this week is her third anniversary in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We say cheers to that!

18 Responses to “Guest Blog: What We’re Thankful For This November”

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  2. “Forgot my password” that’s a good one! Some things on my list (besides the big things):
    1. My cat, Lucy, who wakes me up everyday by sniffing my face to make sure I’m still alive. (Thanks, Lucy)
    2. Google maps
    3. Those times when the subway stops with the doors right in front of you.

  3. 1) Getting to re-read all my favorite books from childhood with my kids.

    2) Buying — and eating — muffin tops. (Who needs the rest of the muffin? It’s just wasted calories.)

    3) Having an excuse (my two-year-old) to have a messy car.

  4. 1. I am grateful for those special friends who are there when you need them, like Carol who helped me get my cat off the roof yesterday, and Tracy who is going for a foot massage with me tonight. And then there is Steve who put the garage door back on track after I hit it from inside.

    2. I am very grateful that our 100° days are over for awhile.

    3. I am happy that the Christmas decorations are already out at Target.

    4. I am grateful for the bright pansies whose little faces brighten our Texas winters.

    5. Acorn squash, fresh pecans and spiced apple cider are all welcome joys in autumn.

    6. I am filled with hope that we will have some snow this winter.

  5. I am grateful for the enthusiasm and energy of the twenty-somethings in my life. They are giving and caring in ways I don’t think I understood at their age. They care about family and friendship and are dedicated to making the lives of others better.
    They are committed to our country (some actively serving it) and to helping organizations that improve the quality of the lives of others. They inspire me.

  6. I’m thankful that since I’ve passed fifty no one asks me “When is your baby due?” Thank heaven my crows feet now signal that my midriff bulge is obviously self-inflicted!

  7. I’m thankful for Pretzel M&M’s and the fact that they melt in your mouth and not in your hands, not that they have much chance of sitting in my hands before they get to my mouth!!!! Very thankful for still having my 5 senses and being able to enjoy the sounds of nature, the waves, wind in the trees and birds singing. To smell and see each season changing. Truly thankful when my dogs do their business outside the neighbourhood in the fields instead of on my neighbours well manicured lawn. Thankful that my children still ask me to give them advice and guidance even though they are all grown up. Like most others, I love my friends, family and extended family. Did I mention chocolate pretzel M&M’s?????


    The freedom I enjoy here the USA
    The love and health of my family
    My loving husband and strong marriage
    The best friends in the world
    The childhood I was given by my two amazing parents
    The joy I get from my 3 beautiful boys
    Delicious food and wine
    Great Music
    Holidays and time to celebrate life

  9. It’s been a tough year losing some key people in our family. I am so grateful for all love and learning these folks have shared with all of us. They are truly angels!

  10. 1. warm fires.
    2. Good friends.
    3. My parents.
    4. Coffee.
    5. Warm comfortable shoes.


    1. Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer is back in grocery stores for the season!
    2. Chilly nights are an excuse to bust out my multiple pairs of comfy flannel PJ pants.
    3. Fall afternoons- they are the best time for family outings because weather is perfect.
    4. Soup sounds better and better.
    5. Christmas is right around the corner.
    6. Being able to see the joy in my son’s face during the holidays. (He’s two) :)
    7. Celebrating my fourth Thanksgiving with my husband. The monumental holidays always bring us a little closer.
    8. Growing a little older, and a little wiser.
    9. Having a brilliant set of friends who have been supportive through the years.
    10. Being able to pursue a higher education.

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