Turkey Thanksgiving Day in America. The giving of thanks dates back to the 1600’s in Plymouth, Massachusetts where Pilgrims and Puritans gave thanks for the harvest. Today Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated with family and the president pardoning a turkey.
While we won’t have a public holiday here today, I’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with the in-laws and Yank Sis-Law on Saturday. I’m baking pumpkin pie with pecan praline sauce!
So, to properly get in the Thanksgiving spirit how can I give thanks today?
Today I penned a good old fashioned letter to a friend I don’t get to see much. I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her and thankful for our friendship. By writing down my feelings I was able to stop and really consider what our friendship means – the support we provide each other and how special and fabulous she really is.
I also made a conscious effort to give sincere thank-yous to people – to look them in the eye and really mean it when I said thank you – thank you for your time to look over my work, thank you for the care you took in making my coffee, thank you for the smile.
Lastly, out of respect to our American brothers and sisters, I’ll eat maple syrup peanut butter (a recent gift from my sister – thank you) and save lighting up my christmas tree till after Thanksgiving.
In other news, why give thanks? Studies have found that showing gratitude and mindfully giving thanks can improve our own happines. So do it for yourself, and say thank you today. Check out Authentic Happiness for more info.