What’s the Point of Giving Thanks?

With Thanksgiving approaching, I contacted a number of experts in the field of gratitude and asked them “What’s the point of giving thanks?” Their answers appear in The Morning News today.


  1. is the link borked for anyone else?

  2. Borked in my feed reader, apparently fine here.

  3. Do I get to be the first person to snark that Thanksgiving is the *fourth* Thursday in November?

  4. Thank you for doing that research. There, I fucking said it, okay? Jesus.

  5. I’m grateful that you gave me something thoughtful and heartwarming to read today. And hey! I just realized “gratitude” is “great” + “attitude” only with crappy spelling.

  6. For me, you nailed in in line 4, except that I get a 5 day weekend.

  7. Why do cats purr? They’re saying, “hey, thanks for the rub!” If you know that they appreciate it, you’ll rub them more. Really, why do we need generations of philosophers and scientists to figure this out?

    Great & timely article. I appreciate the attention to both points: lost holidays & lost thanks.

  8. I swear to god, I was planning on being a Sexy Ben Bernanke this Halloween. Then I spotted the Sexy General Pervez Musharraf costume at the store and knew my search was over.

  9. Every year we give thanks to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving the Injuns weaker immune systems and primitive weapons. With their cultural inferiority, we, the proud members of the Protestant Christian White Race, could never have raped and conquered our way across the continent.

    Fuckin Jews.

  10. Nice article. Thanks!

  11. Nice article. Thanks!

  12. I’m thankful for Defective Yeti.