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Monday, November 21, 2011

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 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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post - for me, what immediately comes to mind is my gratitude to all the people serving in the armed forces.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for yoga, sushi and my curly hair. Rita

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the 4 seasons - the autumn leaves were gloriuos this year and we've already had our first snow flurries.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for inner peace and welcome it at all times.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love great works of fiction and huge fields of wildflowers

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My gratitude for the kindness of strangers, songs that trigger memories, the clarity you give all of us. Marilyn

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The warmth of friendships, the closeness of family, the beauty of nature - I am grateful for these every day.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your suggestion about expressing gratitude. Here's what comes to mind at this moment - who my children married, my sense of humor, knowing my limitations, my
good health.

I'm definitely going to try this with my family and friends on Thursday. Gloria

12:49 AM  

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