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Do You Need a New, Meaningful Thanksgiving Tradition? (ep. 518)

Thanksgiving Tradition

John O’Leary shares the reason for Thanksgiving and a new family tradition on the Live Inspired Podcast.

I consider Thanksgiving one of my favorite family holidays. It’s certainly a wonderful time away from work, enjoying good food, viewing football, and taking inventory of the many blessings in life.

Join me as I share the original reason for this holiday + a new tradition I’ll be implementing at my family feast. Today’s episode will ignite an abundance of gratitude and help you celebrate Thanksgiving on fire.

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  • Read Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation here.
  • I share a longstanding tradition of Live Inspired community member Rona’s family does before their Thanksgiving meal.
  • Download + print the Meal Tickets I’m using with my family here.

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

You’ll love my conversation with Shawn Achor. As an acclaimed happiness expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, Shawn reminds us that it’s in the darkest times that we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most. If you’re seeking the tools to approach today, tomorrow and every day going forward with gratitude, optimism and happiness, this conversation is for you. Listen to ep. 236 now.


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  1. Q. What is the best album you’ve ever listened to?
    A. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Daydreaming.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. A picture of my late Boston Terrier Gina.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Charles Darwin.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Graham Nash told me to “knock on 20 doors and one will open”.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Trust yourself.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. I worked very hard.