It’s Not All About The Turkey

The Turkey and Tatoes

As the stuffing heats up on this thanksgiving holiday – we invite you to explore the practice of thanks. 

For many of us this extends to family, friends, and others we love. Our reflection this week asks the question, “what happens when we allow ourselves to receive thanks?”

How are you thankful for YOU?

“For all of my life, I’ve been told to love others. Rarely has anyone said to allow others to love me.”

This week, Henry explores how seeing ourselves through the lens of thanks transforms our ability to give it. Here are 3 takeaways:

1. Receiving love is one of life’s most selfless acts.
2. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking about yourself less.
3. Expressing gratitude for others invites them to do the same for you.

How to Create Space For Gratitude

“Even the smallest gesture can make the biggest impact. We must not diminish the power we each hold to be a safe space for someone who needs it most.”

5 min Gratitude Journal

The science is clear: a daily habit of gratitude leads to improved mental health. 
If having structure is helpful for you, “The 5-minute Gratitude Journal” is a nice guide to developing a daily practice.

Who are you thankful for?

Expressing gratitude can be super vulnerable and tough, especially for the people we hold closest in our lives. We are strong believers that if you have something nice to say, say it. 

Journal prompt: Write yourself a letter of thanks for all you do. Now, think about one person you are thankful for. Write them a letter describing why they matter to you. 

What did you notice? Which one was tougher? Reflect on this.

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