It is easy to forget the reason for the Thanksgiving season, especially with Christmas right around the corner. The name of this holiday says it all… Give Thanks! Thanks for this great country and the land on which we live; thanks for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom so that we could live well and prosper in this great nation; thanks to our ancestors who survived tough times in this country and lived on in spite of hardships; and thanks to the family and friends we have living today, whom we are sharing our day to day lives with, sharing our joys and our sorrows and who without we would not be whole.
It is too easy to get caught up in negative thoughts and let pessimism slip in. Blaming ourselves for unfavorable circumstance or dwelling on a silly mistake. My challenge to myself and to you this Thanksgiving is to focus on the positives in your day and lives and to recognize there is so much to be thankful for. Identify those things you are thankful for, the people that make it possible for you to live well every day. And thank your body! Our physical being is too often a target of personal criticism. Look at yourself in the mirror and thank your body for keeping you alive.
This Thanksgiving I challenge you to seek out humor, exercise your body, eat smartly, and surround yourself with positive thoughts.
Use this holiday as it was meant to be used. Family and friends gathering together: a time to relax, not stress, to enjoy, not tense, and to be thankful for all around us.
Here are a few more tips for a positive thanksgiving:
- It’s about the experience, not the food!
- Take small portions of those foods you really like or want to try and then savor them
- Use the time to socialize, eat slowly
- After dinner go on a walk or do another activity together as a group, keep up the energy!
- Spread the meal out, wait on desert and have it a few hours after dinner or after your activity
… And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!