To be “thankful” means to have something to cheer, or to celebrate. In order to have something to celebrate, you first have to embrace life. Embracing life is not just a wish, but an ongoing rational task requiring effort and mindfulness every day of your life. Because you embrace life, you will pursue relationships, careers, hobbies, and other values in life intelligently and with passion. If you find yourself not thankful on Thanksgiving, don’t blame it on lack of belief in (or gratitude towards) a higher power. Blame it on lack of willingness, or know-how, at embracing life. Cheer up, though. If you haven’t always embraced life, you can begin today. That way, next Thanksgiving you’ll have something to celebrate.