11 Tips for a More Thankful Thanksgiving
Updated: Nov 22
This week, at many tables across the country, families will be sharing a meal and their thoughts on what they are thankful for. With everything that is shaking our world right now, it's important to stay mindful of the message of the holiday.
If you have attended any of my programs on emotional intelligence, stress management or protecting your energy level, you know that gratitude always makes the list of helpful tips. Instead of rushing past Thanksgiving in order to get to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or the New Year, why not use this moment to pause and ground yourself in the true meaning behind this important holiday?
The practice of being grateful has become a foundational principle of positive psychology coaching and is based on the fact that you cannot hold two emotions at the same time. Thinking about things to be grateful for can help you feel better and keep the negative, anxious thoughts at bay. In addition, you train the reticular activating system (RAS) in your brain to start noticing more things to be thankful for and this ultimately brings more happiness your way. Choosing gratitude literally is a way to choose happiness. Hence, the phrase “happiness is a choice,” which can be seen on the wall of my office and is referenced in our name, “Choice Training and Coaching Solutions”.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, why not consider choosing one of these practices to stay connected to the true meaning of the holiday?
· Start or end each day listing 5-10 things you are thankful for
· Tell someone how much you appreciate them
· Give gratitude meditation a try
· List as many things as you can that you are thankful for when at a red light
· Be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new
· Thank a co-worker
· Send a hand-written thank you note to someone who has really impacted your life
· Call a loved one and say thank you
· Give thanks for your health
· Start a gratitude journal
· Take a gratitude walk
It’s also important to remember to be thankful for our work families. Whether that’s your employees, co-workers, manager, vendors, or clients, chances are you spend as much time communicating with them as you do your relatives. Why not take the time to share a kind word or note of appreciation? Let this time of year be a reminder of how far a grateful word or gesture can go. What better time than now to set some goals for showing your gratitude (and increasing your positive-to-negative ratio (PNR) for your work family throughout this holiday season? Your team probably needs it now more than ever.
As I close this post, I would like to say “thank you” to you. Whether you are a coaching client, an attendee of one of my presentations, a colleague, a former co-worker, or someone I met through networking, I truly appreciate you. I know there are millions of places you can invest your energy and attention, and I’m glad you chose to invest it with Choice.
Wishing you and your families (relatives and work) a very Happy Thanksgiving and lots to be grateful for!!
Janine Friedman, Owner and founder of Choice Training and Coaching Solutions, Inc. is an executive and leadership coach and holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation. She empowers executives to improve their performance, address their challenges, and achieve their goals through customized coaching and training.
Success is a Choice.