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Finding Moments of Gratitude this Thanksgiving

November 3, 2020

The holidays are upon us and after a year unlike any we have experienced, it’s important to take a step back, be present, and reflect on what you can be thankful for. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to do just that. This Thanksgiving, instead of stressing out about the turkey or hosting family, focus on finding moments of gratitude.

Here are a few little things you can do to lean into the spirit of the holiday:


1. Give Back

It’s safe to say everyone’s been affected by recent events in some way. However, some families have been impacted more than others. You could shop for groceries for a vulnerable neighbor, start a clothing drive, or donate to a food bank. Giving back to your community is a great way to show appreciation for what you are thankful for.


2. Appreciate the Little Things

What do you enjoy doing? Is it drinking a hot cup of coffee, eating your favorite pie, or spending quality time with your family? Small pleasures can help motivate you to make the best of each day. You can also make a difference in someone’s day with something as simple as saying hi to your neighbor. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to acknowledge the things you might take for granted.


3. Disconnect from Social Media

Reading and posting on social media is fun, but it’s healthy to take a screen break sometimes. Putting down your phone and letting go of your FOMO can help you be in the moment.


4. Reconnect with Someone

Do you have friends or family you haven’t spoken to in a while? Pick up the phone and call them. It’s important to tell your loved ones how much you love and care for them. They’ll probably be glad you reached out.


5. Cherish Memories

This Thanksgiving might look and feel different from past celebrations, but it still gives us a chance to reflect and look back on the memories and traditions that bring your loved ones together. You can take yourself back in time by looking at old photos, recreating family recipes, or asking a family member to tell you a story about their life.


Let’s take time to show appreciation for the little things that keep us going and bring us joy. Wishing a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!


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