How to Make this the best Thanksgiving Ever!

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Thanksgiving is an opportunity to enjoy yourself not only by eating lots of turkey and spending time with loved ones, but to embrace the spirit and meaning of thankfulness.  After all, as the saying goes, “It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.”

So, consider these approaches to make your Thanksgiving more meaningful, and, yes, happy!

1. Try to find turkeys that are healthy and have been raised free range. The first place to find one, if possible, is from a small farmer near you, or a grocery store that buys local. There are also plenty of online sources for healthy free range turkeys. One great website is which lists by state and city the best supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and local farmers in your area to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available.
2. Invite people you know who do not have family or friends close by and could do with a Thanksgiving ‘family’ – many college kids and single people from other places don’t have a place to go to celebrate.
3. Don’t engage in the same old toxic family relationships. Take a step back, let go of your self-righteousness and preconceptions, and just be grateful for the people in your life.
4. Go for a long walk or bike ride each day you are spending your Thanksgiving holiday – give your body and soul a treat that’s not just about delicious food!
5. Meditate or do yoga, find times for relaxation and quiet in the middle of a sometimes quite demanding time. Be kind to yourself.
6. Appreciate your food – eat real food, plant based as well as the turkey, that is lovingly prepared and cooked by someone or several people over some time.
7. Don’t go shopping, and if you do, be extra nice to those people working on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Buy some food to give to shelters or practice random acts of kindness.
9. Be thankful. Practice gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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