by Grace aka costofcollege
Among the 8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays is this one.
8. Find reasons to be grateful. Be thankful that you get to cook, or that you don’t have to cook. Be thankful that you get to travel, or that you don’t have to travel. Be thankful for your family or your friends. Be grateful for electricity and running water. Find something. Studies show that gratitude is a major happiness booster. Also, feeling grateful toward someone crowds out emotions like resentment and annoyance.
What are you grateful for? Do you expect to encounter difficult relatives tomorrow? Do you have relatives who put the “fun” in dysfunctional? I think tip #6 that recommends we not expect perfection is a good one. What else is on your mind this Thanksgiving eve?
What time do you usually eat Thanksgiving dinner? We’re eating earlier than usual this year, 1:pm, because some guests have to get on the road by early evening and some will be working early on Black Friday.
There will not be a post on Thanksgiving Day or on Friday, but let’s chat about anything you’d like. How’d your dinner turn out? Are you shopping on Black Friday? Is the global travel alert stressing you out or making you yawn?