Thanksgiving. A holiday started long ago that currently finds its way into homes of pumpkin scents, laced around glazed turkeys, cranberry sauce, and good-ole mashed potatoes. Yet the Thanksgiving holiday is not just seen as a time to celebrate that we all love to eat, and the food coma we eventually fall into afterwards, but a day to stop and think about what we are truly thankful for.

Thankful. What does the word mean? Well according to the dictionary, it means pleased and relieved. We are relieved that we are able to share the holiday with our loved ones. We are pleased to eat delicious food with one another and to see who wins the NFL football game.

Grateful. The word thankful then sparks curiosity to the related word of being grateful. By definition, to be grateful means feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness. We are grateful that we have the blessing of having food to eat. We are grateful that we have a warm bed to sleep in at night while so many sadly do not.

Thank you. The dictionary described this as a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. Thank you for holding the door open for me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, but if I have another slice of pumpkin pie I will have to be rolled out of here.

Appreciative. By definition, understanding or recognizing worth. I appreciate everything that you do for this company. I just wanted you to know that your kindness is very much appreciated. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you as a person.

Wow, just saying these words out loud gives off a positive force, don’t you think? Doesn’t it make you feel good to just say them out loud? How does it make you feel when someone says any of these to you? Pretty warm and fuzzy inside right? How do you think you can make another person feel if you said these words to them?

All of these words add up to Thanksgiving yet we often don’t realize that we only deeply think about how grateful we are around the Thanksgiving holiday. These words can easily be used on a daily basis. What would the world be like if we all said thank you or I am grateful for you or I am so thankful for everything you have done for me just once a day to one another?

It’s wonderful that these feelings of gratitude get tossed around during the holidays, but how much more cheerful could our community be if we all said thank you at least once a day for 365 days a year?

There are many different ways to say thank you to someone. All it takes is for all of us to say it each and every day and not just around Thanksgiving time.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at

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