I was raised to believe in the Charlie Brown version of Thanksgiving. Like many in my generation, I believed that Squanto and the Indians shared their corn willingly with the starving pilgrims in 1621 and taught them how to grow a bountiful harvest.
This dharma or philosophical and spiritual teaching about love is a wonderful way to approach the world, and many people automatically go out of their way for others, whether those are family members, friends, or even strangers.
We get invested in our own roller coaster ride, attached to our ups and downs, to the drama, the theatricality of it all. However, we can actually experience the ups and downs of life without getting totally swept away by them.