A snuggle for survival
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“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”

– Mike Ericksen

It's Thanksgiving eve in the US! The turkey is thawing in the fridge, the sweet potatoes are awaiting their marshmallow glaze, and the early shoppers are donning their cold-weather-standing-in-line-gear. But more important than the giant birds and the sugary tubers and the 52" flatscreen DLP is (wait for it...) the spirit of thankfulness we feel when we get to spend time with our friends and loved ones!

So why not use this dispatch to share the things we're grateful for and explore what it means when we talk about gratitude?


Miracles of happenstance (plus turkeys)

We here at &yet are constantly grateful for the people we get to work side-by-side with—so many interesting people with diverse talents and stories represented on our team. It's quite easy to overlook the chance meetings that shape our lives. At &yet, we love Thanksgiving because it gives us a rare, unified, moment to reflect on how grateful we all are for the miracles of happenstance that brought us together. Your friend and mine, Adam Brault, shares his own reflection in this post. Here's to your own! And Happy Thanksgiving. 


What we're grateful for

Lynn Fisher

"Every day I’m grateful for my parents (birth and adopted) who did all they could so I can live up to my potential, for my husband, the most encouraging person I’ve ever known, and for the opportunity to do work I’m proud of with people I love and respect."


Jaime Robles

"I'm thankful for the variety of people I've become friends with that constantly challenge me to become a better me. The same people that also helped me see that the Tri-Cities isn't such a bad place after all."


Matt Lowe

"I am grateful for my home and work family who have consistently shown me more understanding than I deserve, more generosity than I could ever repay, and more love than I can handle."


Lessons in gratitude

  • Our awesome friend John Higley is definitely someone we're thankful for. Read his thoughts on Saying Thanks and how something so small can change your life in big ways.
  • So it turns out that being thankful is healthy...and it tastes better than broccoli. Chris Mooney details the science behind the "snuggle for survival."


What are you grateful for? Cheese and gifs are near the top of our list (and you!). Hit reply and let us know! We might even share it in a future dispatch. Or tweet at us at @andyet because what the heck, why not?

Happy Thanksgiving and if you're not eating turkey, eat cake!
<&, your friendly neighborhood &yetis

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