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365 Days of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn't meant to be celebrated just once a year. Couples, families and teams that regularly and naturally share appreciations with each other are happier, stronger, and better able to make the most of life's challenges and opportunities.

Thanksgiving is not meant to be celebrated just once a year. In fact, families, couples, parents and others who intentionally express gratitude and appreciation to each other regularly enjoy the closest, most pleasurable relationships. Expressing sincere, specific appreciations to the people who are most important in your life boosts self-worth, self-esteem, goodwill, and creates a strong foundation for intimacy.

Youngsters are especially drawn to environments where they feel appreciated. Making sure children regularly get acknowledged at home is important to helping them resist dangerous peer pressures away from the family.

Couples also do better in relationships where sharing appreciations is a natural part of their regular interactions.

PAIRS Daily Temperature Reading, featured earlier this month in TIME Magazine’s, “Honey, Can You Hear Me Now,” is the most effective skill couples learn in relationship and marriage education classes to take care of relationships that matter.

As you’re preparing your Thanksgiving table and home to welcome loved ones, keep in mind that sharing appreciations, on Thanksgiving and throughout the year, will help keep your family strong, connected, and ready to make the most of life’s challenges and opportunities.

President Barack Obama’s 2009 Thanksgiving message captured the spirit of the holiday as he spoke about giving “thanks for our families and our loved ones” and the special importance of recognizing soldiers who are far from home and family during the holidays. The President’s 2010 Thanksgiving Day message is expected to be available on whitehouse.gov before the holiday begins.

President Obama’s Thanksgiving Message (2009)

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.

Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.

So tomorrow, I’ll be giving thanks for my family — for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.

But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.

The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.

We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.

So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.

It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation.

In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.

You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished — and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve.

So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together.

With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,

President Barack Obama

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