SURVEY SAYS: Giving Thanks

November 18, 2013 – Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away.

With that in mind, last week I asked NewsDash readers to share what they are thankful for?

There’s no Editor’s Choice this week; however, I especially liked the response phrased in a way to show many of life’s every day annoyances can be an opportunity to be grateful.

Here’s what readers shared:

This still looks like a good list to me:


I am thankful for the fact that just about everyone is now aware that the ACA needs revision and, It looks like, that revision will be forthcoming.


I thank God that I have the freedom to publicly thank God.


For my family who is doing well, having great friends, and meeting new good people.


My amazing wife who works harder than anyone I know. My life is better for having met her over 20 years ago.


Not having to travel for the holidays this year!


A wonderful husband and two most excellent kids. My health. Good job.


My mother-in-law is only coming for Thanksgiving Day, not the whole week.


I am thankful for the fact that the Obamacare mess has distracted lawmakers from making changes to retirement plans.


A loving family, good friends, moderate health and while some days it sucks to be me, my job.

My health and the health of my family


I am thankful that the only "problems" I have are what we have come to term "first world problems." I have no real problems, and I am extremely thankful.


I am thankful for: The mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends. The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed. The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat. My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine. A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home. All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking. My huge heating bill because it means I am warm. The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear. The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear. Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive. The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I'm alive. All that email which bogs me down because it means I have friends who are thinking of me. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


No required plan amendments to be adopted by 12/31/13. After that of course family, friends and my dog Gus.


I'm going to retire early in 2014. I'm thankful that I'm actually able to retire & won't have to work until I'm dead.


First, my life in Jesus Christ! Then my family, job and friends. In that order!


I am thankful for my family, my faith and my 401(k) - Amen!


Faith, family and, employment, freedom, I could go on and on!


If I really thought about it, I should be overwhelmed by it and truly admit I'm not yet humble enough to know it.


I am thankful that my employer offers a great health care plan so that I don't have to engage in the "new" health care obstacle course and spend endless hours on-line trying to get a health plan. There is not enough health care coverage to assist in the "mental" recovering period you will need trying to obtain coverage under the new health care act!


That I am an early boomer retiree with a DB plan that has a CPI-based COLA each year.

I am thankful for loving and supportative family and friends.


I am thankful to live in a country that feels it is important to be thankful for what we have.


Salvation through Jesus Christ and the many daily blessings of life He gives.


I am so thankful for every day I wake up on the right side of the ground. I'm so thankful for my children, family, grandpuppies, my job, my home, my partner & best friend and my health. Life is good!


Health, Family & Friends


I am thankful for our Country, for our freedom and for those who fought and continue to fight for that freedom.


I'm thankful that our family in the Philippines survived Typhoon Haiyan and that there weren't more injuries and fatalities.




For a God who loves me so much that he became man and died for me so that I can know him personally. Oh, how nothing else can compare.


I am thankful that my sister is still able to fight her cancer.


I am most thankful for my family and friends!


My health, my family, my job.



NOTE: Responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not the stance of Asset International or its affiliates.