How To Find Things to be Thankful For

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It’s important to say “thanks” for all the great things in your life.

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada, the awesome country (apart from the long winter!) where I live. It’s a day spent eating turkey, veggies, and cheesecake with my family, and taking a moment to appreciate all the amazing things I have to be thankful for.

Where do I even start?!

The People

Of course, the people in my life make my world what it is. My husband, Ryan, is my constant support through every challenge I face, and who shares in every happy moment. My baby son Kai has filled my days with happiness and laughter since his birth just over four months ago. My mom has selflessly provided support for all of us over the years. My sister, brother-in-law, and niece provide endless hours of amusement.

I have tons of supportive friends, some local and many in the places that I’ve lived (UK, New Zealand, Australia). Some I’ve known for a couple of decades and some I only met this past year, but I’m grateful that they’re all part of my life. Let’s not forget all those haters. Those people who make snide comments, on the internet and in person. I’m thankful to them too, because they give me extra desire to succeed and prove them wrong.

The Circumstances

I’m grateful to live in Canada, a diverse socially-responsible First World Country where universal medical care is considered essential. There’s clean, safe, plentiful water running from every tap. It’s easy to forget that’s not the case for millions of people around the world. We can debate the different types of diets…because we have more than enough to eat over here.

The Most Important Things

My family and I are healthy and have more than we will every need. We work hard to achieve more and see benefits from our efforts. Because we have so much, we’ve made it our mission to contribute more and make this world a better place. That’s an amazing opportunity we’ve been given.

Your Turn!

So what are you thankful for? For what people and circumstances are you grateful for? Giving thanks is important, and not just once a year. Think about all the things that you’re grateful for and you’ll enjoy a happier, more fulfilled life.

Thanksgiving should be an every day event.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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