With the holidays coming up, and Thanksgiving in particular, many of us are hustling to prepare for family gatherings, planning decorations, meals and schedules.
It’s so easy to get lost in the rush and preparations and forget the meaning of the holiday - being thankful and giving thanks to those around us! Most of us look forward to the holidays but often, with stressors and rushing around, suddenly the holidays are over and we realize that we didn’t get to truly experience the special moments.
During this season of Thanksgiving, we suggest setting some time aside to give attention to the positive things in your life. One great habit to build is doing a positive journal entry at the end of each day. Here are some prompts you can use for such journal entries:
One good thing I experienced today
Something I finished/accomplished today
Something/someone that made me smile today
Something from today I want to remember forever
Today I felt proud because
Something that was interesting to me today
Something I’m excited for
Here are some ideas when looking back on the year (especially if your holiday traditions include saying something you are grateful for):
A valuable lesson I learned this year
Something I feel proud about
An experience that made me feel lucky/happy
Someone who helped/supported me this year
A change I went through this year
Finally, here are some ideas to tell the people in your life why you’re grateful for them:
An act of kindness you showed me
I appreciate your support for me during…
You inspire me because…
I’m proud of you for…
You bring something to my life because…
We get it. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to sit and journal. But in the spirit of the holidays and giving, we suggest giving yourself permission to do some self-care, or to show care to those who have supported you. The above ideas take minutes to implement, but appreciation, kindness, and gratitude can add so much to your life!
The holiday season can be such a wonderful time if we don’t rush through it. Take time to notice and be grateful. Be here, now.