movie theaterOftentimes throughout the year, it's just so easy to take everything we have in life for granted and forget how blessed and fortunate we are. Face it -- no matter how much we tell ourselves to appreciate what we have, most of us are guilty of complaining about things that don't really matter or wishing we had more abundance in life than we do (whether we really need it or not).

Every once in a while, we could all use a really strong reminder of what is most important in life, and with Thanksgiving approaching, we could all benefit from a nice wake-up call as far as being grateful and giving back to others goes.

Movies have a funny way of putting things into perspective and making us appreciate the small stuff -- like It Could Happen to You. Remember that one with Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda?

If this flick doesn't teach a great lesson about being grateful for being with the person you love even if you're broke, I don't know which movie does. Especially the scene where they lose all their lottery winnings and have nothing and still feed a homeless man off the street in his time of need. They gave back even when they were penniless!

Yeah, it's a great one to remind us that helping others and being kind is what life is all about. Here are four other movies that teach us about gratitude, and make us thankful for each and every day.

The Blind Side -- Hands down, this has to be one of the best movies EVER. Hearing about how Leigh Anne Tuohy took it upon herself to welcome a teenager in need into her home and adopt him as her son shows us all how much of a difference we can make by reaching out to others.

Freedom Writers -- Yet another movie that makes your heart swell with pride. Hilary Swank's character reminds us to believe in others and realize that we are all capable of making a difference.

The Pursuit of Happyness -- OMG. It's virtually impossible to make it through this Will Smith flick without crying, especially when he winds up sleeping on the floor of a bathroom with his son, and then heads off to his job the very next day. This movie teaches us that nothing in life is impossible if you persevere, and everyone has the potential to succeed.

Pay It Forward -- Haley Joel Osment's character is so inspiring in this film, as he aims to help three people do something they can't, and then asks them to "pay forward" the favor.

What other films have inspired you to give back?

 

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