Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and everyone is talking about gratitude and making gratitude lists. Being grateful for the things that are good in our lives is a much better practice than focusing on the negative and complaining.
In fact, psychological studies have shown that having and expressing gratitude has been shown to improve people’s health and well-being.
You know how it is when someone comes to dinner with five extra people in tow, or the niece and nephew bring their automatic Nerf guns causing one of our dogs to have a full-blown panic attack!
Oh then there was the year that my sister brought her new Golden Doodle who chased the cat who then jumped thirty feet down into a potted plant while we watched in horror for her to hit ( she walked off fine).
This year, in addition to having gratitude, I am going to make some changes to “go with the flow “and have fun no matter what. (Although, I will checking the kids for weapons.) I know by doing this it will make the day better for me but will also make a difference to everyone else. That is gratitude in action.
What about you? Are you are the person who is usually grumpy because you are doing the bulk of the cooking? Why don’t you do everyone a favor and ask for and let people help. The meal may not be “perfect” but you will have more time to actually be present with your guests and allow them the opportunity to do something for you.
If you are the relative that sits at the table holding court after dinner, this year, after people have finished their meals, you can start clearing the table off rather than finishing off that last bottle of wine.
If you are the guy or gal that comes to dinner each year empty-handed, you could make the effort to cook and bring something special. You will have the added benefit of seeing your relatives eyes pop out of their heads.
Expressing gratitude for all the good things in our lives is well and good, but let’s make it more than just a list of our blessings. Let’s play it forward and give others something to be grateful for.