Family celebration or family stress? Hugs or conflict? A time of remembering all that we have to be thankful for or a time of focusing on the one thing that we don’t?
Whether your holidays are full of thanks or conflict, this Thanksgiving I recommend something different: radical gratitude.
- Before you head down to your family, write down five non-family things that you are grateful for. When you feel depressed or angry, take a break (a bathroom trip is a useful excuse) and read over your list.
- During your time with your family, try to find at least one thing to thank each person who is there. For a particularly difficult person, it may be thanking them just for passing the bread basket. That’s okay.
- Go with the goal of helping. Sometimes serving others can make us more grateful for what we have.
I am grateful for each one of you reading this post and I wish for all of you a very happy Thanksgiving!!!