5) Today, I’m thankful / proud to be AMERICAN! I am a self-proclaimed news junkie – I watch the Today show every morning, and browse CNN / NY Times websites throughout the day, so I’m pretty up to date on whats happening in the world. And I’ve realized that as Americans, we are SO LUCKY to have the freedoms that we have. Follow the news in other countries for a week to get this same appreciation. America is blessed beyond belief.