Gratitude is just a really good all-around state of mind: psychological studies, as I am always telling you this time of year, have proven that the more a person pays attention to what they’re grateful for, the happier that person will be. If thinking in these terms is tough for you, or you don’t feel like anything has gone right lately, then start small: a kiss from a dog; a laugh from a friend who’s impossible to crack up; a $20 bill you you found in your pocket; or maybe just a particularly good slice of pizza. The simple practice of taking note of these things helps. As for what I’m grateful for this year: the Covid vaccine, which has made life—if not quite normal yet—then not quite as bleak as it had been. And I’m grateful that when I got Covid anyway, it was a fairly mild case. I’m grateful for the fact that love came into my life this year, and I’m mighty grateful to the man who brought it. I’m grateful for a sane presence in the White House. And for my mom, who is, as always, an inspiration. And for the podcast, which I love doing. And of course I’m super-grateful for all of you, and the kind and caring community you’ve built here. I’ll be back here the day after Thanksgiving with Black Friday deals, so see you here then. Meanwhile, please do share: what are you feeling grateful for?