Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid growing up in the Midwest. It still is. I think fondly about my grandmother on this holiday because she was such a magician in the kitchen, but also because of her Thanksgiving tradition: before we could dig in to the tantilizing feast that she worked so hard to prepare, everyone around the table had to share what they are most thankful about. It always seemed to create a pleasant atmosphere for my family on Thanksgiving, and it turns out my grandmother was wise with this approach. As John Tourney explains in the New York Times, cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others.