Putting the ‘Thanks’ Back in Thanksgiving
We’re told to remain grateful, count our blessings, and be thankful. We’ve seen it on our social media feed all week. But it’s hard to pause and give thanks while we’re running on the hamster wheel of life. Yet odd as it may seem, it can be even more difficult on the fourth Thursday of November.
There’s turkey to eat, football to watch, Black Friday ads to peruse, and couches to nap upon!
Who has time for thankfulness?
Alas, it’s easy to turn a blind eye toward giving thanks on a day specifically designed to do so.
But you can put the thanks back into Thanksgiving and have an attitude of gratitude. Let’s reclaim this national holiday and make a conscious effort to show appreciation for all we’ve received. Here’s how.
Whenever we’re part of a group – work, school, clubs, or volunteer organizations – we make a public statement of unity. We know we’re all in this together and must help each other. Today makes for an inherently good day to set aside grievances or, better yet, seek forgiveness from others.
Focus on the good
We’ve all fallen into the trap that life stinks. We wish we made more money, that our jobs would improve, that our bodies looked better, or that relationships weren’t so complicated. Today, let’s focus on the good – the people in our lives, the joy we’ve received, the moments that have yet to happen. There’s power in making conscious choices to think positively.
Be a force for others
Take that optimistic energy and pass it on. Like an athlete who elevates others’ games, emotions are contagious. In the 2019 film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, who helps a jaded magazine writer overcome skepticism and learn about kindness and forgiveness. We may not have the media prowess and celebrity of Mister Rogers, but we all – as human beings – share that same capacity for love.
You can’t love others without some measure of action. It doesn’t take much to do little niceties, offer small surprises, or do the unexpected. Employers love it when workers go above and beyond. Now, apply that point of view to your Thanksgiving, and you’ll really show thanks to those around you.
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