In an 1863 proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln wrote, "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving . . ." and thus an annual day of national thanks was launched.
What a terrific idea to have a national holiday of thanksgiving. Giving thanks is the secret to a life that is easier and more joyful. It may sound "Pollyanna-ish", but it's true: A mind that is looking for the positive and a heart filled with gratitude is better prepared both for happiness and for hard times.
Enjoy the day, and the good things that happen every day.