Attribution Error and Why We Need Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving needs it’s own day because it’s a good thing that doesn’t come naturally.

It’s counter-intuitive, but the richer a country or person becomes, the less thankful they become as well.  Modern psychology backs me up on this.  A successful person often attributes their success to what they’ve done.

Human beings tend to take credit for good things and blame external factors for bad things.  That is part of the fundamental attribution error concept.

Even Abraham Lincoln recognized this in the beginning of his original Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come…

– Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

We are forgetful.

Great leaders establish rituals that help remind people of what they ought to do and ingrain it into our culture.  The Thanksgiving holiday is no exception.

Take the reminder.  Shake off the cobwebs.  Remember where the good things in your life came from.

Then, say “Thank You“.

Have a meaningful Thanksgiving,


PS.  I am thankful for the 8pm Warrior community.  I have learned so much from you, your comments, and your friendship. Thank you!

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Published by Aaron Biebert

I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

4 comments on “Attribution Error and Why We Need Thanksgiving”

  1. We can NEVER be too thankful! I’d like to ask the #OWS crowd if they realize how lucky they are to be protesting in a country that actually allows foolish nonsense and thinks of it as a God-given right! I am thankful to live in America where idiots are free to be idiots and I can be free to say so, and free to thank God for ALL my blessings every day of my life!

  2. Nailed it with “it’s a good thing that doesn’t come naturally.” I am shocked at our behavior, lack of charity and lack of thankfulness for such a wealthy country. We take way too much for granted, and I can raise my hand and say I’m a part of that sometimes. Luckily I was raised well by grandparents…and get a lovingly steady dose of how I should feel from my wife. She doesn’t berate me, she just lives it herself as an example.

    Nice, timely post Aaron.

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