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Today is Thanksgiving: the best holiday of the year. (The fact that it sometimes falls on my birthday, which it does this year, is but one reason it’s my favorite.)

Thanksgiving is vaguely religious in that it asks that we feel gratitude for something beyond our own efforts. And that very vagueness makes it inclusive and uniquely American as we invite everyone to sit at a bountiful harvest table and eat themselves silly surrounded by family, friends and football games on TV. To top it all off, the holiday comes on a Thursday, which means a four-day weekend for school kids and many adults.

The Pilgrims—who started the whole thing, of course—gave thanks for making it through the tough times in New England. I’d like to offer five reasons why dividend-oriented investors should be thankful at this point in 2015:

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