Gratitude: A Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe


These are hard times. And life is hectic for all of us – especially around Thanksgiving, when we remember how our families celebrated in years past. Holiday images in the media can be seductive and exaggerated. Before you know it, you’re rushing around and trying to conform to unrealistic expectations.

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Perhaps you’re worried that old family dynamics will surface as soon as you all get together. Will the cousins wonder why your 35 year old son is moving back home? Or what if your mom’s inquisitive nature scares off your daughter’s new boyfriend?

Thanksgiving can be lots of fun. But it can also be about confronting old wounds, suffering through conversations with dysfunctional relatives or counting the minutes until it’s over. And this can lead to emotional overload.

This year, just try to relax and refuse to focus on negative issues. As they say, ‘The rocks come with the farm.’ Learn to love those rocks – they make it more interesting. And consider that what you’re feeling is pretty typical in all families. Sometimes it takes a holiday get-together to fully appreciate what you do have. When deciding what to bring to the Thanksgiving table, how about a hearty dish of gratitude? And invite your family and friends to join you. I’ll get the ball rolling – here are a few things I’m grateful for:

My husband’s support
The hug of a grandchild
Inner strength
The people I love
My good fortune
Second chances

Now it’s your turn. Click on ‘Comments’ at the bottom of this post, follow the prompts and share your gratitude with our readers. Or email us at Mentors@HerMentorCenter.com to let us know what you’re thankful for. We’ll post your comments here on Wednesday. And why not try this idea when your guests gather around the Thanksgiving table?

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