Now that it’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we’re salivating at the thought of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Since Thanksgiving is about recognizing what we are thankful for, we did a work-related roundup of some things you might be thankful for. The most obvious thing to be thankful for is an income, which we did include on this list, but you probably have several other things to appreciate this season, even if you haven’t thought of them yet.

  • Flexibility- Flexibility in terms of our occupations has a broad meaning. Maybe you have every other Friday off or you work from home one day a week. Maybe you get more paid vacation time than the average person. Every job has some type of flexibility, even if this just means getting to wear jeans on Fridays.
  • Coworkers- Regardless of whether or not you are close friends with your coworkers, having coworkers is a nice social aspect of the job. Our colleagues can help us with projects that we’re stuck on, review our work for errors, and let us know what we missed at a meeting. Our jobs would be much more difficult if we didn’t have people to help us out.
  • Health insurance- Health insurance is something to be very grateful for, especially since not every job comes equipped with a health insurance bundle. It’s a relief to know that if you get sick, your medical bills and prescriptions won’t cost nearly as much as they would without insurance.
  • Income- Having a steady income allows us to fund our lives–including both wants and needs. With an income, we can pay our rent, our mortgages, and our loans. We can buy ourselves food, clothes, and vacations. With an income, we are able to support ourselves, and many of us support our families, as well.
  • Possibility of raise or promotion- Even if you haven’t yet been promoted or given a raise, the possibility of either still might be there. The end of the year is right around the corner, so maybe you’ll soon receive a year-end bonus!
  • Extra perks- Do you get anything for free or at a discounted rate? Perhaps your office has free coffee, or you get discounted tickets to amusement parks. Maybe your boss takes your team out for lunch once a month. There is likely at least one perk at your current job that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.


Hopefully this list got you thinking about some things that you’re grateful for. It may have even reminded you of some things to be thankful for that we didn’t mention! If so, we’d love to hear what other work-related things you are appreciative for this season. We hope you have a happy (and mindful) November!