Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious food you will sit down to enjoy with a family. Seated around the dinner table with intellectual conversations amidst the smells of hot food sounds like something to be grateful for, but there is more to Thanksgiving than just showing gratitude for a meal well cooked. Today, I invite you to open your mind to showing gratitude in unique ways, read along to see 4 ways to show gratitude this Thanksgiving …
Give Praise to Family with Praise Circle
Sitting around the dinner table at a Thanksgiving family gathering is the perfect place to show gratitude to those who you may only see but once a year. In my experience family is always there for you, whether they are happy or disappointed about this fact, they will forever be there. Take time at the dinner table to take turns saying kind words of gratitude to each family member for something they have done in the past for you. Starting Thanksgiving dinner with a praise circle, each member taking turns until each has given thanks to another family member, is a fabulous way to encourage a positive dinner experience.
Act of Kindness
A kind gesture can go a long way; maybe one or two family members were in charge of cooking your Thanksgiving meal. After your family has finished eating, let the meal maker take a relaxing moment where you pick up dishes, clean up leftover food and show them you appreciate their hard work by cleaning up. I always say, the person who cooks shouldn’t be left to clean up the mess! An act of kindness such as clean up duty, watching the children for the other adults or giving hugs to each family member can really change the family gathering into a positive experience for all.
Listen to Every Story and Conversation
Open your ears and truly listen to every family member, each of these members may only see you once a year, take this time to hear what is going on in their life. Everyone needs someone to ramble to and have them listen with heartfelt emotions. Whether you agree or disagree with the topic of conversation, hold back the rebuttals and negative commentary, instead take the time to just listen without judgment and personal opinion. Opening your ears and listening to someone is an easy form of gratitude and can make someone’s day more relaxing.
Bring a Gift to the Meal Maker
If you are a family where one person is predominantly in charge of making the first course meal, then bring a gift to that person. If you have children, it will be a fun experience making a Thanksgiving Craft Gift for the person who will be feeding you all on this special day. Gifts can be simple, heartfelt and cost little to no money. The kind gesture of giving a gift to the meal maker will really help brighten their day and show them you appreciate the time they took to cook this family meal.
Make Thanksgiving Meals Happier
So many families complain that their family is dysfunctional when sitting around the dinner table once a year, most would rather sit at home because they fear that the family will collide in a battle of opinions. Each of the 4 ways to show gratitude this Thanksgiving listed in this article will assist you in being proactive to creating a positive family dining experience. Showing your gratitude to family is so important, even with a difference of opinions, a family’s love should forever be unconditional.
What are some ways you have made Thanksgiving meals happier?