You probably don’t need another Thanksgiving message reminding you to be grateful. But maybe it’s worth saying that gratitude’s value goes well beyond bringing positivity into our lives. I think it’s actually a fundamental ingredient to driving larger social change.

We often seem to think that we are best set up for change by believing the world is on the brink of collapse – as if this will shock and shame us into action. I worry this actually shuts us down more than it inspires.

When I practice gratitude instead, I remember everything I have that those before me did not. I remember all the incredible change that has already happened. I remember how eminently capable humans are of driving change. I think of all the change that is to come.

Most importantly, when I believe that my life is abundant and worth saving, I am most inspired and able to pay it forward.

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