October 9, 2018
Posted In: Community, Education, Food & Drink, General Health, General Wellness, Home & Lifestyle, Nutrition, Seasonal
Thanksgiving, like all holidays, revolve around the 4 F’s: Food, Family, Friends and Fun. As they should be! All opportunities to spend time with those we love are precious commodities in a busy world. When we take the time to slow down, gather together and enjoy the smells and tastes of good food, we all feel those warm and fuzzy feelings that make us feel glad to be alive, glad to be who we are and where we are. Holiday time can create stress – that is a reality for many – but it can be lessened if we change up our expectations. In short, change our mindset about these times to truly give thanks for all that we have that is bountiful and wonderful in our lives; and yes to think about those who have less than we do. When we truly feel gratitude, love flows and no other feelings can compete with that: not anger, not fear, not envy, none of them.
I have always had a positive mindset and look for the best in people and the silver lining in all situations, but we all have our down days or weeks (or for some months). Taking the time to list 5-10 things you are grateful for – even the smallest of things – will shift your feelings and your mindset into an upward spiral of more of those thoughts.
This Thanksgiving, I encourage you all to slow down, make the big dinner a potluck (this can reduce a lot of stress!) and take some moments to list on paper or in your mind or say it out loud around the dinner table, the things you are grateful for and marinate in those feelings. It is a wonderful thing.