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FAITH, FAMILY, AND FOOTBALL WHY GRATITUDE IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Gratitude is a special thing, and there are stats to prove it. Did you know that grateful people sleep better, get better grades, boast improved immune systems, and report higher levels of overall happiness? There are even stats that prove gratitude is good for our hearts, literally. Why is that? Because our minds, bodies, and souls are connected. I think that’s just the way God programmed us. Life isn’t perfect, but at the end of a year in which we experienced severe storms, economic hardship, and political turmoil, it’s nice to have this season to show thanks for what we have. I know it will only help us feel better. “Life isn’t perfect, but at the end of a year in which we experienced severe storms, economic hardship, and political turmoil, it’s nice to have this season to show thanks for what we have.” I have plenty to be thankful for. First of all, I love the weather on Thanksgiving. It’s hitting that sweet spot where we get a break from the sweltering heat, but it isn’t cold or too rainy. It’s nice enough that we not only hang around outside, but we cook the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving meal out there too. For the last few years, we’ve done the deep fried turkey thing — a southern delicacy. It’s quite an ordeal, but if you’ve ever tried it, you know there’s no going back. When indoors, we spend time watching football, eating food, and enjoying each other’s company. As I mentioned in my newsletter last year, my wife, bless her heart, is an Alabama girl. I’m an LSU man through and through, and most days of the year, my wife couldn’t care less. But every November, when the purple and gold take the field with the Crimson Tide, she gets all amped up. I ask her, “You could root for any other team. Does it have to be Alabama?” She just scoffs. Luckily, they don’t play on Thanksgiving, so our football watching goes off without a hitch.
We’re blessed to have family in the area we get to spend special moments with. On holidays, we travel around to see them. In the end, everything we do is for our wives, our kids, our mothers and fathers, and future generations of our families. There’s nothing in the world that means more to me than my family — not even work or LSU football. Speaking of work, we have plenty to be thankful for here at Smiley Law Firm. We have the most amazing and supportive clients on the planet. I’m grateful to each of you for making Smiley Law Firm possible, and I pledge to do everything within my strength to fight for your cases in the coming year. I couldn’t have made it through this year without the help of an incredible team, either. Bradley, Sarah, Matt, Andy, Amanda, Meriem, and Jack have stepped up to the plate on everything that came our way in 2017. As I look back on our progress, I fully believe we’re better than we were last Thanksgiving, and I’m grateful for the opportunities we have to grow. Most of all, I’m grateful to work with people I’d trust with my life. As you cook your turkeys, set your tables, and gather your loved ones together for your Thanksgiving feast, I pray that you can be filled with a sense of gratitude for everything in life that is truly important. Faith, family, food, football — this is the life of a Louisianian. Despite our trials as individuals and a nation, if we have these things, we have everything.
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