Four ways to show your gratitude this Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, my family has a tradition of asking everyone around the table what they’re grateful for. I almost always say I’m thankful for my loved ones, but Thanksgiving is more than just acknowledging what you have, it’s about cherishing what you have. Here’s some simple ways you can help make those closest to you feel the love this year:

 Give someone a big hug

Okay, it sounds super simple, but trust me, it works. Hugs are extremely therapeutic and they can actually help lower blood pressure and diminish stress. But make sure it’s not a quick one: studies show longer hugs, typically lasting around 20 seconds, produce the best stress-relieving results. So, get hugging!

Help out with dinner

That feast on the table? Yeah, that takes work. But lending a hand won’t go unnoticed. Try bringing your own dish, arriving early to help cook the meal, setting the table, or cleaning the dishes. Your host will be sure to thank you.

Give an unexpected gift

No worries, I’m not asking you to go out and buy Christmas presents yet. However, surprising your host with a gift will show you care. You can craft something, like my rose bath bombs, or make a Thanksgiving-themed thank you card for your host.

Bring a game

Eating isn’t the only thing you should look forward to. Try bringing a fun game everyone can participate in, like HedBanz or Storymatic. Whatever you decide to bring, get others involved! They’ll love getting to spend time with you and making new memories. Can’t get a new game in time for Thanksgiving? Try bringing playing cards! There are a bunch of fun games you can play with a group, such as Go Fish, Blackjack, War, and Poker.

Now, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.


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