This blog post will be quite short, because many of you in the United States who might be receiving and/or reading this are busy with Thanksgiving Day.
That means either traveling somewhere, cooking dinner like a mad person, cleaning the house before the relatives arrive or going out for a turkey trot before you stuff yourself (after you’ve stuffed the bird, of course).
Because it was an election year here in the United States, we Americans are simply recovering from the vitriol and negativity generated from both major party campaigns. Now, I won’t get into the results of it all (I’m sure you’ve heard enough of it all – I certainly have) but I can say that it was completely unexpected.
I’ll also say that despite my unhappiness about it turned out because I’m a proud liberal Democrat, I am grateful to be living in a country that gives us the opportunity to vote and have free expression. I appreciate that we have elections that allow us to vote our elected leaders. It’s far from ideal, which is obvious from the way things went. Truthfully, I’m committing to be more politically active now so that the negative rhetoric that came from our eventual President doesn’t become our new reality. I’m not just taking this quietly.
So in the face of all of this turmoil, I’m really also working hard to find ways you and I can show gratitude to others. What better time to do that than this week, when it naturally brings on this kind of reflection?
- Volunteer in some way, any way.
Whether that’s helping to clean up an elderly neighbor’s yard, serving people in a soup kitchen or tutoring children, giving your time to those in need will instantly help you feel more gratitude.
- Contribute to a favorite charity or cause.
You may not think you have anything to give, especially if funds are tight. Even if it’s just a few bucks, these organizations appreciate any amount that you can give. So find one and send it along.
- Spend quality time with your family
I think this one is always hard to do, especially if you have relatives who get too political during Thanksgiving. But if you can get everyone out of the house and doing something enjoyable (and stay away from current events), this will work wonders.
- Get you zzz’s
I’m convinced that nearly every one of us suffers from some degree of sleep deprivation, and we could all use more. Try to spend the time you have off this holiday to rest more, and you’ll feel better, mentally and physically.
- Write it down
You’ve heard it before – listing the things that you’re grateful for might seem trivial, but it does send a powerful reminder to what is going well in your life and brings some much-needed perspective.
How do you find gratitude during this time of year? I’d love to know your thoughts, so please share them in the comments…and have a Happy Thanksgiving!