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Five things you didn't realize you should be grateful for...

First of all, if you are reading this, I want to wish you a delicious and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thank you for reading!

And thank you for being a part of the Dayen Group community!

If you are anything like me, you probably have been thinking about all that you are grateful for this year. Below are 5 more items you didn't realize you should be grateful for. Enjoy!

1. Your courage

At some point this year, you had the guts to disagree with a superior or client, to stand your ground, to ask for what you want, walk away from something comfortable or to speak honestly about something that wasn't so popular. That takes courage, and for this, you should be grateful.

2. Your strength

Look back at this year. It's wasn't all easy. You had challenges that you had to overcome. You endured disappointments that could have thrown you to the depth of misery. Instead, you crawled out, or you are crawling out. And if you are currently at your lowest point, be grateful for the strengths that you WILL have to overcome your current misery.

3. Your mistakes

Mistakes and gratitude typically aren't found in the same sentence, but they should be. Your mistakes gift you the most memorable lessons. Your mistakes help you focus more, motivate you to work harder and give you just the right amount of humility.

4. Your enemies

Whether you enemy is a colleague, competitor, boss, in-law or frenemy, you can thank them for helping you to appreciate all the other relationships in your life. Your enemies teach you patience, show you the extent of your tolerance and allow you to practice controlling your anger. Be thankful!

5. Your commute to work

Didn't see this one coming, did you? No matter how long or short, active or sedentary, your commute has the potential to be on your gratitude list. If your commute involves a lot of driving be grateful that you have the gift of time to listen to music or podcasts, to call a friend or just time to think. If your commute forces you to walk a lot, be grateful that while most of the day you will be sitting in front of a screen these precious moments are spent collecting Vitamin D and "steps" on the health monitor. And if you are commuting in a smelly and overcrowded train or bus, be grateful that someone else is doing the driving for you, that you can catch up on emails, games, social media or reading. In the words of a famous song from Monty Python, "always look on the bright side of life."

"If life seems jolly rotten,

There's something you've forgotten!

And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing,

When you're feeling in the dumps,

Don't be silly chumps,

Just purse your lips and whistle -- that's the thing!

And always look on the bright side of life."

Listen to the song here and I challenge you not to smile...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Warmly,

Helen