10 Everyday Superheroes You Should Thank

Thanksgiving might be a few weeks away, but the whole month of November is a great time to express gratitude for all the blessings in your life. Not sure who to thank? Here are 10 everyday superheroes you might have forgotten about.

1. Soldiers.

No matter what your views on war are, we all owe a huge thanks to those brave souls who put their lives on the line defending our countries. Unfortunately, veterans often have trouble adjusting when they return home from war, due to PTSD as well as physical injuries. Here are 9 ways you can help.

2. Nurses.

Doctors get all the credit in medicine. But if you’ve ever stayed in a hospital, you know that nurses are the ones who deal with the same patients every day and make them as comfortable as possible. Why not write a letter to the unit who took care of you during your last hospital stay?

3. Public Transportation Drivers.

It’s easy to forget there are actual human beings driving the buses and trains we take to work each day. But those people are responsible for literally thousands of lives – and they do an amazing job of keeping everybody safe. So be sure to smile and thank your bus driver before you get off.

4. Teachers.

If you think teaching is easy, you’ve clearly never spent 7 hours in a room with 40 screaming children. And yet you probably can think of at least one teacher who changed your life somehow. Consider writing a note this month to that person – chances are, you’re friends on Facebook. Or check out DonorsChoose, which connects donors with classrooms in need.

5. Air Traffic Controllers.

It’s easy (and necessary!) to thank the pilots who land our planes safely on the ground. But don’t forget about the air traffic controllers! They’re the reason planes hardly ever crash into each other – and they’re probably working on Thanksgiving.

6. Sanitation Workers.

I assume you like living in a city where garbage doesn’t overflow on the streets? But when was the last time you even acknowledged a sanitation worker? These people have a tough, thankless job that involves heaving bags of filth around. So next time you see a sanitation worker, take a little time out of your day to say thank you.

7. Parents.

Everybody knows that parenting is a tough job. But if you don’t have kids, it’s hard to imagine just how much. So call your parents up and say thank you! And be kinder to the parents you see on the street every day – try not complaining about the crying baby in the movie theater. The parents are trying their best, and your criticism makes it that much harder.

8. Retail Workers.

We get it: holiday shopping is stressful. But most retail workers are doing their best, especially since they’ve likely dealt with screaming customers all day. So smile and be kind and patient to the people helping you out this season. A little goes a long way.

9. Toll Collectors.

Have you ever heard that toll collectors have one of the highest suicide rates? That may be an urban legend – but it’s not surprising, given the way so many of us treat them. So next time you come upon one, smile and make a little conversation instead of just throwing money at them. How would you feel if somebody tossed coins at you?

10. Yourself!

We all beat ourselves up way too much because we’re somehow not “good enough” – whether that’s measured by beauty, productivity, or otherwise. Try changing that this month! You are an amazing person who does amazing things – just think of how incredible it is that you’re even reading this article right now. Your brain learned to read, your hands moved to click on this article, and you read it because you wanted to spread some good into the world. So instead of complaining about all the things you can’t do, thank yourself for all the good you do. You might not believe it, but you ARE a real-life superhero, too.

Liked this? Check out our Real-Life Superhero of the Week: Walter Cronkite!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Thanksgiving might be a few weeks away, but the whole month of November is a great time to express gratitude for all the blessings in your life. Not sure who to thank? Here are 10 everyday superheroes you might have forgotten about.

1. Soldiers.

No matter what your views on war are, we all owe a huge thanks to those brave souls who put their lives on the line defending our countries. Unfortunately, veterans often have trouble adjusting when they return home from war, due to PTSD as well as physical injuries. Here are 9 ways you can help.

2. Nurses.

Doctors get all the credit in medicine. But if you’ve ever stayed in a hospital, you know that nurses are the ones who deal with the same patients every day and make them as comfortable as possible. Why not write a letter to the unit who took care of you during your last hospital stay?

3. Public Transportation Drivers.

It’s easy to forget there are actual human beings driving the buses and trains we take to work each day. But those people are responsible for literally thousands of lives – and they do an amazing job of keeping everybody safe. So be sure to smile and thank your bus driver before you get off.

4. Teachers.

If you think teaching is easy, you’ve clearly never spent 7 hours in a room with 40 screaming children. And yet you probably can think of at least one teacher who changed your life somehow. Consider writing a note this month to that person – chances are, you’re friends on Facebook. Or check out DonorsChoose, which connects donors with classrooms in need.

5. Air Traffic Controllers.

It’s easy (and necessary!) to thank the pilots who land our planes safely on the ground. But don’t forget about the air traffic controllers! They’re the reason planes hardly ever crash into each other – and they’re probably working on Thanksgiving.

6. Sanitation Workers.

I assume you like living in a city where garbage doesn’t overflow on the streets? But when was the last time you even acknowledged a sanitation worker? These people have a tough, thankless job that involves heaving bags of filth around. So next time you see a sanitation worker, take a little time out of your day to say thank you.

7. Parents.

Everybody knows that parenting is a tough job. But if you don’t have kids, it’s hard to imagine just how much. So call your parents up and say thank you! And be kinder to the parents you see on the street every day – try not complaining about the crying baby in the movie theater. The parents are trying their best, and your criticism makes it that much harder.

8. Retail Workers.

We get it: holiday shopping is stressful. But most retail workers are doing their best, especially since they’ve likely dealt with screaming customers all day. So smile and be kind and patient to the people helping you out this season. A little goes a long way.

9. Toll Collectors.

Have you ever heard that toll collectors have one of the highest suicide rates? That may be an urban legend – but it’s not surprising, given the way so many of us treat them. So next time you come upon one, smile and make a little conversation instead of just throwing money at them. How would you feel if somebody tossed coins at you?

10. Yourself!

We all beat ourselves up way too much because we’re somehow not “good enough” – whether that’s measured by beauty, productivity, or otherwise. Try changing that this month! You are an amazing person who does amazing things – just think of how incredible it is that you’re even reading this article right now. Your brain learned to read, your hands moved to click on this article, and you read it because you wanted to spread some good into the world. So instead of complaining about all the things you can’t do, thank yourself for all the good you do. You might not believe it, but you ARE a real-life superhero, too.

Liked this? Check out our Real-Life Superhero of the Week: Walter Cronkite!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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