Although Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, it is never too late to reflect. This has been a turbulent year. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall, no one can dispute that deep ideological divisions have been exposed in this country. To make matters worse, it feels like the national dialogue is deteriorating to the point that people seem unwilling to work toward unity or constructive conversation.
While negative forces and events seem to grab and keep our attention, it is important for our mental health not to lose sight of the positive. We need a chance to reflect on the good in our lives and now is a great opportunity to do so. Please heed the following advice when celebrating this holiday season.
- Make a list of the people who you are grateful for. Be inclusive and not exclusive. This may include family and friends, co-workers, a barista at the Starbucks you drop by before work, your children’s teachers, or your accountant. Keep a running list throughout the year so you do not forget.
- Stay focused on the positive. Keep a tab of circumstances in your life for which you are grateful, big or small. This is where you can put your life in perspective and be mindful of opportunities that others may not have.
- Express your thankfulness. Write letters or emails to the people on your list. Make the time to talk to people. Make custom gift baskets of little things that each person enjoys. People appreciate thoughtful gestures.
- Communicate and share stories with your children. Not only do you get to relive your memories, but they will survive and continue through your children.
- Be kind. Choose to volunteer or donate your money to a cause you deem worthy.
- Continue or create new traditions with your children, family, and friends. Plan your meal with your children, let them make a dish, let them make fun crafts to decorate your home, and create other fun activities to enjoy with them. And if you don’t already do so, have an annual “friendsgiving” where just you and your close friends have a post-Thanksgiving pot-luck.
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Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law