Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday.
Of course, I love that the holiday focuses around a fabulous meal, but infinitely more important than that, it’s a day we specifically have to be thankful and focus on all of the wonderful people and things we have in our lives. I wish the spirit of Thanksgiving was a part of our lives every day, but with the daily stressors we all have, it’s really easy to get bogged down and sidetracked from what’s most important on a daily basis. For me, it’s so easy to get stressed by the larger issues or problems on my mind and not remember all of the many, many little things that make me happy and that I’m grateful for – because, honestly, nothing is too small to be thankful for.
One thing my husband and I try to do before we go to sleep each night, is tell each other what we’re grateful for. Things that always top the list are each other, our daughter, family, friends, work and health, but even seemingly minute things make the list if they’ve made us happy that day. Things like a cappuccino from our favorite neighborhood coffee spot, listening to rain as we fall asleep, exercising and reading have all made the list at some point. A few years back we made a New Year’s resolution to tell each other what we’re were grateful for each night. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it past a few weeks, but our gratefulness ritual makes it make into our nightly routine often. Most recently we’ve done it when one of us has had an especially rough day to make us realize that while maybe that day was rough and beat us down, we have so many things (big and small) to be thankful for and to motivate us to make the next day better.
There have been days when it’s hard it get the ball rolling and express what I’m thankful for, but I’ve always found that once I start sharing, the list just rolls off my tongue and I can’t say things fast enough. If this appeals to you, challenge yourself to incorporate this into your nightly routine. Even if you don’t say your list out loud to anyone else, focus on the wonderful things in your life each night and I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face and immediately change your mood for the better.
I found this quote and thought it fit this post perfectly…
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
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