One Nation, In Gratitude

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readNov 23, 2023

When it comes to gratitude, Americans are indivisible. Happy Thanksgiving, every one.

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Thanksgiving Can Be a Challenging Time for Mental Health,” reminded Millicent Rose for Real Clear Science this Thanksgiving, adding that “Gratitude Can Help.”

It was a timely reminder that, despite the many challenges our nation is facing and the deep political divisions of the past few years, gratitude is more important than ever. Gratitude may also be the closest thing Americans have to a universal value.

Gratitude might be the one thing we all agree is a good idea.

“There are many things that we can all do to buffer against the decline of our mental health this Thanksgiving,” Rose advised readers of RCS. “But less often discussed is the role of gratitude and kindness as a pathway to improved mental health.”

“Derived from the Latin word ‘gratus,’ meaning pleasing or thankful, gratitude is scientifically proven to evoke feelings of joy, bliss, optimism, self-satisfaction, improved mood, and even true happiness,” she concluded.

Elsewhere, encouragements to express gratitude abound.

In “What We’re Grateful For,” Bari Weiss’s Free Pressers intoned a litany of silver-lined dark clouds.

“In recent weeks I have often thought about how lucky I am that all four of my grandparents made it out of Eastern Europe and to the United States, all around 1907,” was social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt’s contribution. “Even with the rise of blatant antisemitism on college campuses and in some cities, I know that America is, overall, a philosemitic country (one in which Jews are rated very positively).”

“I am grateful for strong shows of support for Israel and for American Jews from President Biden, Mayor Eric Adams, and many other leaders,” added Haidt. “I am thankful that of all the places, times, and roles one could be born into, I was born a Jewish American in 1963.”

“There is a lot of talk these days about the People’s Republic of China,” joked Free Press chief of staff Isaac Grafstein. “As the deep freeze of a new cold war sets in, and in the spirit of Sino-American friendship, I feel compelled to express my profound gratitude for the culinary jewel that is dim sum. There…