Happy Thanksgiving! Today is marked by family reunions, gratitude and reflection. It can also be a day of incredible stress with high expectations and tension with some relatives. To help you make the most of the holiday, use this appropriately named list as a guide.

Heal family rifts. Release grudges and move beyond hard feelings. It’s time.

Accept your imperfections. Doing so will help you accept shortcomings in others.

Practice restraint. Keeping the peace sometimes requires remaining silent.

Pay it forward by helping someone you typically overlook.

Yell out compliments. Catch your family and friends off guard with praise.

Take time to listen. Sometimes what is not said requires a conversation.

Hug loved one like you mean it. You may not get another chance.

Ask those around you to share three reasons they feel grateful. Go first.

Notice new faces and make them feel welcome and connected.

Keep the day positive with an optimistic mindset. Give negative thoughts the day off.

Share family traditions and stories with children and teens.

Give thanks all day long.

Indulge, but get back on track with healthy eating and exercise tomorrow.

Value the people you spend time with on this holiday. Let them know how you feel.

Invite loved ones you only see during the holiday back more often. Ink in dates.

Nap. It’s okay. Really.

Giggle. Find 100 reasons to smile and laugh with family and friends.

Did you do anything on this list [which can be used anytime]? How did you celebrate the holiday? Let us know.

See also
Reflections on Reasons for Gratitude

Robin Farmer is a freelance writer with a focus on health, education and business. Visit her at RobinFarmerWrites.com.


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