What are you thankful for this year? Thanksgiving is the time of the year when you need to think of what you are thankful for in your life. However, the bustle of the holiday tends to give away to stress and arguments (just think about your last Thanksgiving dinner). Too often someone’s feelings get hurt because someone did not show up, or you are too stressed about the food you burnt to remember to be thankful.
Get the family involved
Often times there is a ‘host’ for the holiday that cooks, cleans and prepares there home for everyone to gather in. This host tends to be stressed and is often forgotten in the mix of other holiday events. Next time you are asked to be the host, get the family (even, extended) involved. Offer to have the dinner at your home and that is it. Ask others to bring all of the rest of the food or necessaries. Someone can bring the turkey over and cook it in your oven, but giving up some of the duties will leave you time to be thankful for your family. The others that start to help will become thankful for all of the work you had done in previous years.
Say Thank You
Too many times in our lives we get too busy say thank you. We may say thank you for things that are given to us, but what about the normal stuff. When was the last time you thanked your spouse for loving you everyday? You know that you are not the easiest person to love, but they do love you. Every 24 hours is important. Often times we take for granted the idea that they will always be there, but the divorce rate tells us otherwise. Thanking your mother for giving birth to you (she didn’t have to), thanking your kids for bringing a smile to your face, and thanking the gas station attendant for doing her job (how would you get to work without their service) are just a few examples of the small things you can be thankful for. Learning to be thankful to those that have hurt us can also remind us about what this time of year is about. Often we forget about one happy day they may have given us, or the lesson they taught us. Saying a simple thank you can be beneficial to your health.
Involve your social network
Involving your social network is one way to remember to be thankful. My sister-in-law is posting a different thing she is thankful for each day in November on Facebook. Take an example and each day post what you are thankful for. The first few days may be easy, but as time goes by you will have to remember to be thankful for not only the big things, but also the little people. Blog each day about what you are thankful for and why. A simple Tweet might do the trick also.
Throughout our lives, we will meet many people. Each person you meet is important and someone to be thankful that they are in your life. Do you remember the name of the janitor at school? They are the person who makes sure your school is ready for your each day. They empty trash and mop the floor. Without them, the school would be a mess. Everybody has a purpose and something to contribute. Do you know the name of the person that waited on you at McDonalds? They do an important job, and often they are criticized for their career choose. Remember everybody and what they bring to your life.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings to light the many things we are thankful for. Do not forget the small things that add up to make your life worth living. What are you thankful for this year?