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Drop the cynicism, at least for the amount of time it takes you to read these quotes — and find one that resonates. It might make you a little happier. (Today.)

After all, today, Thanksgiving, is the closest thing to a perfect holiday. There is almost no commercial activity around it, no gifts are exchanged, it has no religious origin and, short of being grateful to God (although you could just be generally thankful), no religious intent. It's all about food, family and friends. (And football, for some. And, of course, shopping the next day, for others.)

It also forces Christmas to slow down just a little bit. Because what self-respecting American would put up a tree before Thanksgiving? (The weekend after is a must, though.)

And for all that Americans are comically earnest, we can all benefit from a reminder. And so...

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." (Albert Einstein)

The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become. We don't give thanks because we're happy. We are happy because we give thanks.” (Douglas Wood)

"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land." (Jon Stewart)

Grief can heighten our gratitude as we cease taking the gifts life bestows on us for granted. (Robert Bertshausen)

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” (Epicurious)

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” (A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh)

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.” (C.S. Lewis in the Screwtape Letters)

"Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often." (Johnny Carson)

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the U.S. And to everyone else, enjoy the relative peace and quiet.