1. Pleased and relieved.

“They were thankful that the war was finally over.”

2. Expressing gratitude and relief.

“An earnest and thankful prayer.”

Synonyms: grateful, appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved


One time I was told that I said “Thank you” too much.

I don’t believe you can.

Being thankful for someone or something is gratitude. Having gratitude is showing appreciation for that person or gesture. It’s returning the kindness, it’s putting your grateful energy back into the good that that someone has bestowed upon you. Being grateful and thankful is not something you can do too much of every day. Not at all. Having gratitude shifts all your energy, all your thoughts, all your inner most feelings just by saying two words.

Thank you.

I say thank you every day. I accept compliments with a smile. For anything. If someone tells me I great taste in boots or my hair is beautifully curly, I say “Thank you,” and not “seriously, I just rolled out of bed.” Even if I did (you know, being blessed with wildly curly hair has major benefits). Being thankful, showing gratitude, is essential to happiness. Your happiness and the other persons. I never hesitate to say something nice to someone, not to expect a “Thank you” in return, but to extend my kindness… just in case they’re having a rough day.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for, thankful for, my parents, who have been nothing but supportive and helpful all my life. I am grateful and thankful for my little sister, whose heart is bigger than her words and gestures. I am grateful for my extended family, including my sister’s boyfriend, who makes her happy, my aunt and uncle in Arizona, who always welcome me with open arms when I visit, my cousins who do the same.

I am have immense gratitude for my friends here in Delaware, without whom I would completely lose my mind. (You know who you are.)

I am so immeasurably thankful for my beautiful yoga instructors. Their support and kindness and love and friendship over the last year has made me a better person.

But most of all, I am thankful for this life. For this beautiful Earth I live on, for the air in my lungs and strength in my body and my soul. I am thankful for the creative stories and characters running rampant inside my head.

And I am thankful for you. Yes, you, reading this, because you now know what makes me thankful and I hope that in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, you can say thank you so often and be just as happy and grateful, and full of gratitude for every person you meet.

So, to the people I love—family and friends—to the people I have yet to meet, Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!



2 thoughts on “THANKFUL

  1. Hello Crystal,

    I saw “Still Life in Blood” on Amazon. The story looks promising. Do you have a pdf or a hard copy you can send us?

    Thank you,


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