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James Taylor Shares Thanksgiving Message: 'Gratitude Is the Way to an Improved Attitude'

Eric Ogden
James Taylor photographed on May 13, 2015 at The DiMenna Center in New York. 

James Taylor has a Thanksgiving message for his fans: Gratitude improves your attitude.

The singer says in an email that giving thanks is the key to overcoming setbacks and dealing with reversals of fortune.

He writes: "To whom we give it is a big question but just go ahead on and do it. Gratitude is the way to an improved attitude, dude."

Taylor then gets a little spacey in Thursday's message, speculating about the possibility that other distant worlds in the cosmos might support life.

The 68-year-old musician, who lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, ends by saying: "To have been born in human form and consciousness aboard this unbelievably beneficent planet is an incredible stroke of luck. Dig it."

Read his full message below. 

 

"Sometimes we suffer setbacks. And if these reversals of fortune are deeply important to us, the loss can be a source of real grief. Recovery takes time and we should allow ourselves time to grieve. But what eventually seems to help most is to take a regular moment to give thanks. To whom we give it is a big question but just go ahead on and do it. Gratitude is the way to an improved attitude, dude. Scientists tell us that it is likely, even inevitable, that there are other worlds in the cosmos which, like our own, would support life. But they are so rare and far apart that it's a long shot we'll ever be in touch... To have been born in human form and consciousness aboard this unbelievably beneficent planet is an incredible stroke of luck. Dig it..." ~ James Taylor, 11/24/16 | Watercolor by Trudy Taylor, 2006 #Thanksgiving

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