We’re having 26 people here for Thanksgiving this year. I’m really busy getting ready, just as I”m sure you are for whatever Thanksgiving plans you and your family have. But no matter how busy we are, we need to remember to take a moment and be grateful for all that we have.

While we practice gratitude throughout the year, Thanksgiving is a great time to put a special focus and emphasis on it.

There are all sorts of ways to be thankful this week and incorporate grateful thinking into your Thanksgiving this year.

Here are just a few – pick one or try them all! They’re easy, they’re fun & it’s a great tradition to start with family and friends:

1. Make Gratitude Placemats – buy disposable placemats or just use pieces of paper and put them, along with a marker, at each person’s place; write things that you’re grateful for on them

2. Make a Gratitude Table Cloth (check out step-by-step directions here)

3. Make a Gratitude Keepsake Tree – find branches outside, put them in a vase, cut out leaf shaped pieces of paper, have each person write something they’re grateful for on a leaf, attach it to a tree and create a great and meaningful keepsake

4. Make a Thanksgiving Post-It Window – have everyone write what you’re grateful for on post-it notes and put them up on the wall or window; take a picture of it as a keepsake and thank you to all who celebrated with you

5. Use Window Markers and have everyone write something they’re grateful for on the window

6. Make it a Dinnertime Discussion – go around the table and have each person say a few people, places or things that they’re grateful for

7.  Put up a poster board and have everyone write things that they’re grateful for on it; take a picture of it and send it to everyone who enjoyed Thanksgiving with you as a great reminder of good times and all that you have to be grateful for

8. While you’re cooking, or setting up, or just being together, talk about all of the things that you have to be grateful for from the food that you’re about to eat to the people you love and more . . .

9.  Make a Gratitude Jar: Leave pieces of paper on the counter next to a jar or box and have everyone write down things that they’re grateful for, put them in the jar, and then read them randomly throughout Thanksgiving Dinner

10. Pay it Forward: Sometime this week donate to a local shelter; whether it’s your time or food, celebrate your gratitude by giving to others . . .

Those are just a few fun ideas for how to bring more gratitude and happiness into your Thanksgiving plans this year and now it’s your turn.

In the comments below, let us know which of the 10 gratitude ideas you will try with your family this year, and as always, please come back and let us know how it went!BLQ Gratitude Emerson

We all have so much to be thankful for if we just take the time to stop and notice . . .

Thanks so much for being here, for being a mom or dad, and for everything you do each and every day to be the best one you can be.

Remember, we can have happier & more grateful children. We can be happier & more grateful ourselves; and we can change the world, one child and one family at a time, starting with our own!

Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll see you soon!


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