Thanksgiving is a good time to pause and reflect on your situation, whatever it is. I hope you have some blessings in your life to be thankful for. If you’re like most people, you probably also have some heartaches and disappointments. This time of reflection can be an opportunity to make plans for a brighter future. After all, there’s no reason to restrict resolutions to the new year.
A few things I urge you to do this Thanksgiving day:
- Articulate what you’re grateful for. Whether it’s trading comments at the dinner table or writing a letter to someone who’s supported you, actually putting your thanks out into the world can make you feel happier.
- Give your time and energy to someone in need. Doing a little volunteer work is a great way to forge connections with the community and with a meaning greater than yourself. Not only do you help others, but you help yourself be healthier and happier.
- Donate to a good cause. Of course, I advocate that you donate to my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fund, but what’s really important is choosing a cause close to your heart. Small donations can add up to big changes, so think about what you might be able to give to the people out there doing good you believe in.
- Eat a great meal with people you care about. What? I’m a traditionalist!