In a new study done by LifeWay Research, they found that during the Thanksgiving season, Americans were most thankful for family (88%), health (77%), personal freedom (72%), and friends (71%). Shockingly enough, fewer gave thanks for their achievements (51%) and wealth (32%).
Scott McConnell, executive director at LifeWay Research stated, "The blessings that matter most are the ones that money can't buy." This statement really does seem to ring true.
Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving since fall of 1621 when the Pilgrims had a feast to celebrate the first fall harvest. In 1789, President George Washington declared November 26 as a celebratory day of thanksgiving. He stated this particular day was in honor of "that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be."
Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on various dates up until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November as an official national holiday. On this day, Lincoln gave credit to God for the nation's blessings by saying, "They are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy."
Almost two-thirds of Americans do still thank God for their blessings on this day. When Americans count their blessings, God will get most of the thanks. Wealth and achievements are typically the last things on their minds.
Overall, most Americans still find a great deal to be thankful for - whether it be family, friends, health, etc. - no matter what the economic or political circumstances may be.
What are the top five things you're most thankful for this Thanksgiving?