Give thanks, even if you don't celebrate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day today. But the significance of this historic festival is fading. I think this is time for us to give thanks to our loved ones, including our parents, relatives, teachers and friends.

When we are sick, our mum takes care of us. When we fail a test, our classmates sympathise with us. When we are depressed or show a lack of interest in class, our teacher or school counsellor help us. But we seldom show gratitude to those who support us.

Thanksgiving Day may be the beginning of the shopping season, but it doesn't mean you have to buy expensive gifts. A sincere smile and a 'thank you' are more than enough.

Have fun on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy saying 'thank you' to your loved ones.

Chan Ho-chiu, POH 80th Anniversary Tang Ying Hei College

From the Editor

Thank you for your insightful letter, Ho-chiu. These days it is too easy to forget to thank people, and simply take them for granted.

But if we don't show our appreciation, people are unlikely to want to do anything for us in the future.

Gratitude is a very important emotion. Without it, the world would be filled with bitterness, as people would either be forced to do things without incentive, or just refuse to do them.

What's more, it is morally questionable for us not to recognise how lucky we are in a city like Hong Kong, where most people have a roof over their head, and enough food to eat. We should be thankful that we don't live in fear of our lives.

There is a tradition at Thanksgiving dinners for everyone to tell the other guests what they are thankful for.

Why not start your own tradition at Lunar New Year, Christmas or when all your family or friends are sitting down for a meal together? Tell them why you're thankful. We have so much to be grateful for.

Karly, Sub-editor