Although I love any excuse for a four-day weekend, Thanksgiving was never one of my favorite holidays. Maybe because I’m a vegan and past Thanksgivings tended to center around “the bird”. Maybe because I’m part Native American and never really bought the whole “Pilgrims and Indians story” they taught us in school. Maybe because I’m not a fan of the requisite pumpkin pie…or because my family all lives far away and I was often an “orphan” at other’s family celebrations.
More recently though, I’ve changed my perspective on Thanksgiving…Over the past many years a core group of our friends has shared a wonderful pot-luck meal each year. The number of delicious organic, vegan dishes has almost relegated “the bird” to a side dish these days.
The focus has become on giving thanks: for an abundant harvest, for the organic farmers who grow our food, for our families, and our family-of-friends (our “framily”), for the virtual cornucopia of other things we have to be grateful for in our lives.
I’ve also taken to keeping a gratitude journal, and highly encourage you to try it. There is scientific evidence to prove that keeping a gratitude journal increases your happiness.
So rather than over-stuffing yourself until you fall asleep in front of a ball game on TV, this Thanksgiving think about keeping a gratitude journal. Start by making a list of 100 things you are grateful for: your spouse or partner, your kids, your cat or dog, your home or having a roof over your head, etc. then each evening before heading to bed, write three things you were grateful for that day. Try not to repeat things that are already on your list. By next Thanksgiving you’ll be amazed at just how much you have to be thankful for.
This year we’ll miss our “Framily” Thanksgiving as we have the wonderful opportunity to meet up with some of my family and celebrate Thanksgiving by camping on a beach in Baja.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all and THANK YOU for reading my Blog.