Thanksgiving is almost here and many of us feel compelled to be grateful. You can recite all the affirmations you want, but when you don't really believe them, stress sets in. Many people go to extremes during Thanksgiving - marathon meals, marathon expenses, marathon get-togethers, marathon family arguments and marathon exhaustion. This year change the dynamics of the ritual celebration. Thanksgiving can actually be a healthy experience for body, mind and spirit starting the holiday season on the right foot - fewer resolutions to make this New Year. Did you know that socializing has been ranked as beneficial for health on par with exercise?
Four ingredients for a healthy Thanksgiving:
1. You are above ground. Celebrate life. Inhale and absorb the simple pleasures. Decorate a lamp like hanging circles made from construction paper expressing your wishes and appreciation.
2. Keep it simple. There is no point to serve so many dazzling dishes to wow your guests while you feel deader than the turkey. If your house is too clean and everything is too perfect, people are not going to feel comfortable as they will be afraid to disturb anything or flow in conversation. There is no substitute for relaxed good cheer which welcomes people to your home for warmth and positive energy.
3. Transform yourself into a guest in your own home. If you are in the kitchen up to your elbows in stress, you are not enjoying the holiday and your family and friends are not enjoying you. Let everyone feel important and help you out like a team.
4. Use the holiday as an opportunity to forgive and forget; no need to let pride build a barrier to loving relationships. Reconnect with family and friends as the occasion calls for it - no explanations necessary. You can incorporate a new forgiveness ritual as part of the Thanksgiving meal - followed by a sweet table.
Written by Debbie Mandel For Intent.com
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