In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing five easy ways to get in the Thanksgiving spirit by re-prioritizing and being intentional. Take note!
1. Write a note. Whether it’s to your parents, a teacher or even a veteran, a handwritten letter goes a long way these days. Don’t feel pressured to get super artsy-craftsy unless you just want to… an unexpected note of appreciation or gratitude is enough to make anyone’s day!
2. Lend a hand in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Tell Mom you’ll take over the pie baking or stick around afterwards and take charge of the clean-up. Preparing a huge and delicious dinner is some serious hard work, so let the chef know that you appreciate it by pitching in and getting your hands dirty too.
3. Embrace quality time. Everyone knows that with the holidays comes extra family time, but it’s also no secret that this can be… well, exhausting. Realign your priorities this year and remember that while having Grandma in town may put a damper on your social life, it’s probably the highlight of her holiday. Invest in some quality one-on-one time and show your family that you’re thankful to have them, simply by being there.
4. Say it out loud. As cheesy as it might sound, the whole “go around the table and name one thing you’re thankful for” is kind of a no-brainer. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year; being intentional about taking a second to pause and reflect is necessary.
5. Give back. Not only does sharing your time, talents or possessions spread kindness and give others a reason to be thankful, it’s a great reminder of what you have to be thankful for, as well. We’re all guilty of wanting more, more, more, but lending a hand to those in need, whether it’s by babysitting or volunteering at a soup kitchen, is a great perspective check!