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HuffPost Says Thanks: What We're Grateful For This Year

First Posted: 11/24/2011 8:46 am   Updated: 11/24/2011 12:10 pm

Thanks.

It's a simple enough word. But once a year, we put aside our differences and hit the pause button on everyday life to reflect on what we're really thankful for.

And, it turns out, counting your blessings has real health benefits. Grateful people "feel more alert, alive, interested, enthusiastic. They also feel more connected to others," said University of California, Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons, author of two books on the science of gratitude, in an Associated Press article this week. "Gratitude also serves as a stress buffer ... Grateful people are less likely to experience envy, anger, resentment, regret and other unpleasant states that produce stress."

That effect extends to adolescents, as well. A study published last year in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that grateful kids had higher GPAs and life satisfaction, and were less envious and depressed than their less-grateful peers

So, in the spirit of gratefulness, we asked staffers at AOL Huffington Post Media Group to share what they're most thankful for. Read on for their thoughts (and some personal photos!) -- then tell us, what will you be giving thanks for this year?

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I'm grateful my daughters, Christina and Isabella, are home from college for the holidays. I'm grateful my move to New York has brought me a great new neighborhood filled with surprises around every corner. And I'm very grateful to our great HuffPost team for rising to the challenge of adding 24 new sections since March, and making this year one of the most exciting and rewarding of my life.

Also, I'm grateful that the UC Davis police are not in charge of security at our offices. I'm grateful that Herman Cain doesn't oversee HR here, I'm grateful that the supercommittee isn't responsible for determining our editorial budget, and I'm grateful that Mayor Bloomberg hasn't paid a visit to our nap rooms (he might find them a "health and fire safety hazard.")

--Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
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