being grateful

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,

• 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 Read more