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Being Grateful During Thanksgiving.

Richard C. Price

November 16, 2018

For many individuals, Thanksgiving is the first official day of the holiday season. People stuff their tummies with food so they can fight to be first in line (or online) for Black Friday and the stress begins for December presents and parties. Can you relate? I know I do.

According to an article I read from Psychology Today, 60% of people do not want to reflect what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving. These people would rather watch sports, stream media, read, or spend time with their pet. This shouldn't be a surprise to most people, because during the years I have noticed that people just want to be left alone. They don't want to interact or deal with other humans. 12% of Americans would rather spend time on their smart devices than have a conversation with family. This is a sad statistic.

The article gives six suggestions on how to reduce our stress and increase our gratitude.

  • Acknowledge your values. TV commercials, magazine pictures, and holiday movies portray the ideal holidays, complete with loving family gatherings and delicious meals. If you’re not careful you can easily lose sight of what’s important. Pause long enough to consider what really matters to you this year and commit to living according to those values.
  • Aim for good, not perfect. The holidays don’t need to become a contest over who spends the most money or who bakes the best dessert. Give yourself permission to cook one less entree, decorate one less room, or buy one less gift this year.
  • Set limits on how you spend your time. Before you declare you have to attend that holiday party, or you have to spend the day decorating, remind yourself it’s a choice. Recognizing you have control over how you spend your time—and who you spend it with—can help you keep your attitude in check. Skipping out on a few activities may help you feel a lot less stressed.
  • Say one thing you’re grateful for every day. Commit to saying one thing you feel grateful for every day. Make it a habit to express gratitude during the holiday season and you might decide to keep it up year-round.
  • Send gratitude cards. Send a card that tells individuals why you are grateful to have them in your life. Send one card per day, and don’t worry about getting cards delivered for the holidays. A card that arrives a month or two after the holiday with a personalized note that expresses your gratitude will be more meaningful than a signature slapped on a generic holiday card that arrives on Christmas Eve.
  • Reflect for just 60 seconds a day. Feeling thankful doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Set aside one minute a day to notice just a few good things you have in your life. Clean water to drink, a roof over your head, or spare change in your piggy bank are just a few of the things some people won’t ever experience.

While we don't need to do each one of these tips every day, incorporating just one or two in our lives could make a change.

As a firm, we strive to make our clients' lives easier by reducing their business stress level, so they can spend time on the things that are most important in their lives. We are grateful for that opportunity and strive to make that goal a reality. We are grateful for our clients' trust and continued loyalty.

To all our friends, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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