Let’s have fun this Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving this week, and it feels like the perfect time to inject some fun into your thankfulness practice. After a year like this one, how’s that possible? Let’s figure it out in today’s Points to Ponder.
Who wants to be happier?
Last week, I shared with you an encouraging fact: many studies conducted through the years have shown that if you consciously count your blessings, you’re more likely to be happier and less depressed. Now, is that something you can buy into? I thought so …
When you think about practicing gratitude, the word “fun” might not be the first word that pops into your mind. But what could it look like, if you gave it a try?
How to have fun
- No. 1: Look for fun Thanksgiving stories to shareMy son brought home this sheet from school last week that explained how the tradition came about of the U.S. President giving a pardon to a turkey each year. Here was the fun fact: From 2005-2009, all the pardoned turkeys were sent to Disney to be the grand marshal of the Thanksgiving parades. We laughed and laughed as we pictured those lucky turkeys. Is there a funny story you can recall from your Thanksgiving memories? What could it feel like to share these stories and bring smiles to others?
- No. 2: What’s something silly you are thankful for?This week, I hope you get to spend some time with friends or loved ones, whether in person or on a video call. My family tradition includes each person sharing one thing we are thankful for before we pray for our Thanksgiving meal. Instead of that traditional question, what if you instead shared something silly you are thankful for? I can practically guarantee that laughter will be involved.
- No. 3: Act out what you are thankful forAfter you’ve eaten all the yummy food of the day, play a game of Thankfulness charades. (You can do this if you are together in person or connecting virtually.) Each player acts out what he or she is thankful for, while the rest of the group shouts out their best guesses. Imagine, how could this game, or others you may enjoy, bring energy and fun to your gathering?
Be blessed this Thanksgiving
I pray this week, you’ll “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to God and praise His name.” (Psalm 100:4) Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
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Thanks for joining me. I’ll see you next Tuesday, as we chat more about Points to Ponder.