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Be thankful this holiday season

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The holidays can be a whirlwind of gatherings, gift giving, and traveling. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of making sure that the perfect gift is purchased and the tree is nicely decorated with every ornament in proper place.

This year shall be different. The new approach to the holidays should be one of gratitude. This way one can be thankful for what is and not striving for what is not or what one believes to be missing: nicer clothes, technical gadgets, or a bigger home.

There is scientific proof that laying out what one is grateful for everyday is a way to boost mood and hold positivity throughout the day.

The activity is simple and involves a journal and a pen. The list could look something like this:

  1. Got to work 10 minutes early
  2. Ran for 1 hour
  3. Self discipline: salad instead of pizza
  4. Healthy family
  5. Brad
  6. Hannah
  7. Tomatoes from garden
  8. Sunshine
  9. Pedicured toes
  10. Caleb’s smile

Last, be sure to review past lists and keep them handy. It is a great way to reflect and celebrate all the things to be gracious for.

Have a Thankful holiday season.

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