As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope you not only reflect on what you have to be thankful for – whether that means your friends and family, your health or simple pleasures – but that you find ways to remain grateful year-round.
While it can be tricky to dedicate time to appreciate the good things in life amid the hustle-bustle of our routines, there are simple steps you can take to regularly practice gratitude. Here are a few seasonal tips to get you started:
- Host a virtual Thanksgiving gathering Invite your extended family and friends to dine together virtually. Sharing a meal is a powerful bonding experience. Be sure to also share all the things you’re grateful for. Even during these challenging times, I’m betting there are still good things in your life worth celebrating even from a distance.
- Warm the hearts of your neighbors Carefully prepare traditional family recipes for neighbors, especially those at higher risk of illness from COVID-19 or who are more isolated than usual, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact. Studies show that helping others enhances your own happiness and gratitude.
- Make the holiday brighter for someone in need Drop off a donation for your local food bank and help feed struggling families. It may inspire you to reflect on your own good fortune – and give you an opportunity to pay it forward.