HM would argue that what we have most to be thankful for is our marvelous memory. Without our memory, we would not even know who we are. Our memory is a devices for time travel. They use data from our senses to develop models of the external world, and we use these models to interact with the external world. Memory is the mechanism for personal growth.
Thanksgiving is the day to be dedicated to giving thanks. The best way we can show thanks for our memory is to develop it by employing growth mindsets. The activity generated by growth mindsets promotes memory health and builds cognitive reserves to ward of dementia and Alzheimer’s. They also provide for an enjoyable and fulfilling life.
Mindfulness is also essential to healthy memories. Meditation not only relaxes, but also gives us greater control over attention, which has a tendency to wander. Mindfulness also increases our empathy with others.