If you’re feeling a bit hurried this time of year, it might be a good time to take a deep breath and refocus. Things can get busy in autumn with the approaching holidays. It’s easy to get swept up in the checklists and the performativity of celebrations.
But Thanksgiving is not about checking off boxes or setting up an Instagram-worthy table. This year pay special attention to what you are grateful for, and remember gratitude is at the heart of thanksgiving.
As you prepare for the holiday, pay a visit to our Gratitude Lab or watch Louie Schwartzberg’s short film, “Gratitude.”
Gratitude is at the core of Thanksgiving. If you need some help centering gratitude in your holiday celebration, we’ve got some ideas for you. You might want to start by having a conversation with friends and family about your experiences. It’s likely that you’re not alone in feeling the stress of the season. When you lead the change towards gratitude, you might inspire a movement in your community.
Thanksgiving is a good time to appreciate what you have. Originally, it came from a sense of gratitude for the earth’s bounty where people came together to enjoy a peaceful and nourishing meal.
For a very simple gratitude practice, try preparing your Thanksgiving meal with a sense of gratitude for the people who grew and delivered your groceries. If you want to start a new tradition, ask everyone to speak aloud something or someone that they’re grateful for while seated at the dinner table.
But gratitude is not only a one-time event to practice at the Thanksgiving table. Gratitude is a transformative practice that can lead to a mindset shift. By building gratitude into your daily life, you can cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation for everything in your life. Start a gratitude journal to combat the busyness of the season and watch it turn your hurried mind into a grateful heart.
Not only is gratitude at the heart of Thanksgiving, gratitude can be in the heart of everyone if we just practice it!