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5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful

Thanksgiving is certainly going to look different this year. Most of us will be trading our traditional large family gatherings for smaller “pod” gatherings.

This year, I’ve never been more thankful for my health. I’m also eternally grateful for my husband, family, and everyone who supported me through my treatments. All the texts, emails, calls, cards, messages, and beautiful sentiments gave me the confidence to know I could get through and get healthy again.

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share a few ways you can give thanks and create a more meaningful Thanksgiving this year.

  1. Start the day with yoga. Yoga on Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times to practice. It’s my time to tune in and reflect on everything I’m grateful for. This year, I’ll be taking a virtual class with Jennifer Houghtaling at Shanti Yoga. Jen is graciously offering a free class to anyone who joins me. I would love to see you there. Just create a profile at Shanti and Jen will put a free class on your account.

  2. Check-in with your friends. Many of your friends are feeling down, alone and isolated. The holidays only magnify these feelings. Make a list of people you haven’t spoken to in a while and call them. Check-in, make sure they’re ok, and tell them you’re grateful for them.

  3. Give to your local food pantry. In addition to feeling alone, many families have trouble putting food on the table. It’s not too late to make a donation of food. You can find your local food pantry here. Alternatively, you can find your local food bank here.

  4. Host an interactive zoom with your family. While you may not be able to be face-to-face with your extended family, there are lots of creative ways to spend time together and create new memories. Here are 22 ideas.

  5. Share your gratitude at the table. Create a new tradition at the Thanksgiving table by inviting everyone to name 3 things they’re grateful for. You might learn something new about your spouse, children or siblings.

How will you be spending Thanksgiving and what are you grateful for? I’d love to know. Leave me a comment below.

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