WELLNESS
11/21/2014 08:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

25 Simple Things You Feel Grateful For This Year

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It's that time of year again. Families and friends are gathering together, carefully crafting Thanksgiving dinner menus, indulging in short breaks from the office and debating over which football game to watch on the big day.

But they are also taking a minute to pause and reflect on their lives, thinking about what lends them the greatest sense of gratitude each day.

Feeling grateful -- and sharing those feelings with others -- goes far beyond the Thanksgiving holiday. Consciously acknowledging what you're most thankful for can boost your well-being, improve your sleep and even make you a better friend. Not to mention it makes those on the receiving end of your gratitude feel good, too.

Harnessing the power of this season's moments of nostalgia, we collected touching photos from our Twitter and Instagram fans of the parts of their lives that make it all worthwhile.

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My mom my hero #HPGratitude #92years #windbeneathmywings #courageous

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#wcw on this girl. Best friend for 10+ years, Wife for 6, recently had our second child.

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Can I help you? #tgif

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Cherish your loved ones! Lantern Float 2014.

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Swinging in the unexpected downpour on Lading Island.

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Ko Phi Phi Le has some of the clearest water I've ever seen! #gopro

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Orange you glad it's 2014? #CHAMPIONS #sfgiants #evenyearmagic

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Typical day in #montmarte #sacrecoeur

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#family #familia

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black tie thanksgiving. #thanksgiving #boredteens #family #florida #floridalife #iphoneonly

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Now wave your hands in the air! Wave 'em like you just don't care!

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Outside play. WiFi not included. @its_my_week #myweekofthirds

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Albert and his mom. ❤ #catmomselfie

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#hpgratitude I am thankful for my three boys. I am thankful to be their mother @huffingtonpost

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