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Some people think being thankful all the time is like going around with a goofy smile on your face all of the time and being insensitive to other people’s feelings. Some think it means to always be happy. We can be grateful, thankful, without being irrationally "happy" in bad times.

In the teen-age film where Winona Ryder came to prominence ("Heathers"), her character says, "If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn’t be a human being; you’d be a game show host."

Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that thanksgiving is intended to be a lifestyle rather than a mere holiday or something we do on Sunday.

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