Love the unlovable. Smile at a Stranger. Laugh Until it Hurts.

Family. Friends. This community here. Turkey. Expandable waist pants (just sayin’ they’re handy this time of year) I’m thankful for all of these.

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Today’s Goals: Love the unlovable, smile at a stranger, and laugh until it hurts.(Tweet That)

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As is often the case this time of year, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.

Somberly, I look back on the year and realize how often I let moments that should have brought so much joy just slip by. I think of all the times I failed to recall, relive, and express my gratitude.

But this time is different. This time I vow to allow the simple moments to take me away. I will allow them to become vivid memories. I will relive them over and over, share them with others, and become a more grateful person.

Speaking of which, I’m going right now to make some memories with my family. Until next week, love the unlovable, smile at a stranger, and laugh until it hurts…all today. Then do it again tomorrow. And never stop.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Question: For what are you thankful for from this year? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Great post Matt – We don’t celebrate “Thanksgiving” here in Australia, but your words make me wish we did… in fact they encourage me that even though it’s not a holiday we all have things to be grateful for, all day, everyday!!

    • It’s a day we should celebrate everyday, regardless of where we are.

    • Ken Porter

      Maybe you could give thanks every day of the year! Thanksgiving here has lost so much of its meaning. It’s more about football, getting fat, and not working :)

  • David Mike

    I am thankful for this post! Great reminder.

  • Kirbie Earley

    I am thankful for all of the insights that I have been blessed to receive, from you and others like you who are out there inspiring people every day. I am truly thankful for my very wonderful family and each and every treasured moment I get to spend with them. I’m thankful to be alive and healthy! I could go on but you get the idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Rweekly

    A Loving God, Great Wife, Great Kids, Super Great Grandson and the adventures of everyday living. Matt’s encouraging words throughout the weeks. Happy Thanksgiving All!

  • CabinetDoork

    I love you Matt…
    One down, two to go.
    Just kidding, brother! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • I am thankful for a lot this year. I am very thankful for the community of people online. What a great group here:) Happy Thanksgiving.

  • I’m thankful for the risks I took in 2013. I did things I’ve never done before…scary big things. Loving it.

  • brentmkelly

    Love this Matt. I am thankful for so many things. I am simply blessed and because of that, I don’t want to ever take things for granted. My goal moving forward is to take in each moment to the fullest.

  • There’s lots of stuff…

    My wonderful wife
    My amazing family
    A decent job that pays the bills
    A church family that loves me

  • I love having a podcast that gives me the amazing opportunities to meet great people (like you Matt :)
    If you have a desire to change your surroundings and improve your inner circle, a podcast is a great way to enhance your leadership.

    • I loved being interviewed by you. Look forward to its release.

  • I’m thankful for my trip to Guatemala with my family in August.

    • It sounded awesome Jon!

      • It was incredible. I’m already working on a return trip for 2014. I have many other reasons to be thankful this year, but this one stands out.

        Thank you for leading a revolution of gratitude. The TYR has had an impact on me this year for sure!

  • Had to laugh at the expandable waist comment, especially on Thanksgiving! Thankful for all the many people I meet online and the bloggers, like you, who give back.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Matt! Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing what 2014 has to bring for you!

    • Thank you Larry! I hope you had a great day.

      2014 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year!