I won’t lie; Thanksgiving is a fairly new holiday to me.
I knew of it, but I never really “knew” it. I wanted to know the story behind the turkey and pumpkin pie. The Black Friday phenomenon where even the most rational of people come over a little crazy! So, I did a little reading.
I learned that Thanksgiving has quite a complicated history; however I love the premise of friends and family coming together and using it as the perfect moment to reflect on all that they have to be thankful for.
Never before has this message been more prevalent, especially with our increased usage of social media. It is so easy to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have, when material things are constantly placed before our eyes in a series of perfectly stylised images.
Gratitude is something that we have to learn and practise, but in doing so I am assured that the feeling of contentment, enthusiasm and optimism is more than worth the effort. Many start this practice by keeping a gratitude journal or a gratitude jar, the latter a fun activity to do with children so they learn the principles first-hand. Both can also serve up helpful little reminders when you find yourself needing them the most.
Gratitude can change your outlook on everything, so with Thanksgiving later this month, what better time to start? Take a moment. Reflect. Make a note. Tell someone. What are you grateful for today.
BOOKS AND MORE
Some popular Thanksgiving titles available at Books & Books for preschoolers:
“Llama Llama Gives Thanks” — by Anna Dewdney
“Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving” — by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
“Peppa Gives Thanks” — by Meredith Rusu
“The Thankful Book” — by Todd Parr
Gratitude Journals available at Books & Books:
“The 90-Day Gratitude Journal: A Mindful Practice for Lifetime of Happiness” — by Barrie Davenport and S. J. Scott
“Gratitude: A Journal” — by Catherine Price
“The Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices, Writing Prompts, and Reflections” — by Barrie Davenport and S. J. Scott