There are two holidays every year that I love: Thanksgiving and New Years.

New Years, because it’s the only day of near universal celebration. It’s like everybody’s birthday. Around the world, in almost every country, at midnight you can hear cheering – regardless of race or creed. We all get a chance to look back at the successes and failures of a year gone by and welcome the beginning of what we always hope will be something better.

If there’s a holiday that invites the world to think of what we are hopeful for, it’s New Years.

Thanksgiving, however, looks in the other direction: what are we thankful for?

Taking a day to ponder the things I am grateful for is a welcome reminder of the abundance of joy that I have. And in case you didn’t know, taking the time to think about what we are grateful for actually makes you happier and healthier.

I am thankful to have love and laughter in my life. I have a family (through blood and through friendship) that I treasure. I have friends who never fail to bring a smile to my face. I have the opportunity to chase my own dreams. I have mentors and investors to support and guide me and my business. I live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

And of course, it’s a time to eat an insane amount of awesome food and get a little… inebriated  with the people you love best.

Happy Thanksgiving!