What Are We Thankful For?

November 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm , by

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Relatively untainted by commercial endeavors (despite earlier store openings to get a jump on Black Friday), it’s a day of togetherness, loved ones, great food and wine, football, autumn leaves, fighting over who’s going to do the dishes and, yes, being grateful for what you’ve got. Studies have shown that expressing what you’re grateful for reduces stress and increases your well-being, but we already knew that! So in the spirit of the season (and because it’s more fun than getting our real work done), some of our LHJ staffers share what they’re most thankful for right now:

• I’m thankful for my best friend and roomie Nadine, who just finished chemo cycle number nine and still cooks for me. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at 24. I’m so happy that she’s chugging through her treatment. Even though it’s hard sometimes, we still make it to happy hour when we can! —Amelia Harnish, editorial assistant

• I’m thankful for going to see the new Muppet movie with old friends from high school when we are all home for the holidays. —Gab Porcaro, associate fashion editor

• I’m thankful for my new husband—and for the fact that I don’t have to plan a wedding ever again. —Catherine LeFebvre, senior editor, lhj.com

• I am thankful that my Save the Children sponsor child writes me back and says that his favorite subject in school is reading. —Ron Kelly, managing editor

Ron’s also funny, so we had to give him two more:
• I am thankful that neither of my cats have expressed an interest in going to college.
• One thing I’m not thankful for is that there are no pajama jeans for men, which would surely make the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner a whole lot more comfortable. (Granted, not for my family, but for me.)

• I’m grateful every day that I have two amazing daughters that inspire me and make me want to be my best self. —Diane Malloy, publisher

• I’m thankful for all the delicious afternoon snacks that come out of our LHJ test kitchens. (Hey, chocolate cake is good for your soul!) I’m also thankful that my wonderful parents are in good health—and still happily married after 53 years.  —Kate Lawler, executive editor

• I’m thankful for an airport-free Thanksgiving! I think I can handle my five-block trek to and from my friends’ apartment, as long as I don’t overdo it on the pie. —Beth Roehrig, home editor

• I’m thankful that’s there’s always an “app  for that” to make my life easier and more organized! —Rosie Rotondi, beauty and fashion intern

• I recently reconnected with an old high-school classmate on Facebook. She was the first person I came out to in 1991 at the age of 15. I sent her a message explaining how very important that was to me—to be able to have someone to confide in who was so supportive and not judgmental, and who really gave me the courage to come out to everyone else. I’m very thankful for having her in my life at that time and look forward to having her in my life again! —Travis Ward, associate art director

• I’m thankful for the great new job that I started this year (here!) —Nykia Spradley, associate beauty editor

• I’m grateful, at least most of the time, to have raised two free-thinking, spirited children who believe it’s not just their right but their duty to disagree with their parents whenever warranted (which apparently is often). And I’m grateful that being the books editor at LHJ means I can read pretty much any new book I want. —Lorraine Glennon, senior books & articles editor

• I’m thankful for being able to stand on my own two (officially adult) feet after moving into my first New York City apartment this week! And for a much, much shorter commute. —Lauren Piro, editorial assistant

• This Thanksgiving I am grateful for my beautiful baby girl, awesome husband, unbelievably supportive family and wonderful friends. And pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. —Erica Metzger, beauty director

• I’m thankful not to be hosting Thanksgiving this year. I will not have to cook for 30+ people! I’m going to friends’ house and will leave the cooking to them but will be sure to bring a few sides. I can’t resist. —Vivette Porges, photo associate

• I am thankful that my 4-year-old son, Aidan, when asked by his preschool teacher, “What are you thankful for?” said, “I am thankful for all of the days God gives me.” Did I mention he’s only 4? —Susan Pocharski, entertainment editor

• I am grateful that after participating in the Tri-State Tough Mudder one week after I ran the NYC Marathon I had enough mental alertness to take my time on some of the more frightening Mudder obstacles. I’m also thankful that, having done one, I will never ever do another Tough Mudder! —Tom Claire, associate managing editor

• I’m grateful for the return of my lost iPhone–and for having raised two kids who have a great deal of empathy. —Bob O’Connell, art director

• I am thankful for Diet Coke… and the science that supports my kicking the habit. —Rachel Shippy, assistant to the editor-in-chief

• As for me, I’m grateful to have a job with such cool people when so many others can’t find work, for dark chocolate being deemed healthy and for these words of wisdom on my chocolate wrapper: “If old acquaintances be forgot, give them a call and remember.” Julie Bain, health director

Happy Thanksgiving to all our LHJ friends!

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