In my family on Thanksgiving, we appreciate each other by writing on our dinner table place cards. The kids make giant construction paper place cards for each guest, and as people arrive and mingle, we each take some time to sit down at the table and write on the inside of each place card something that we love or appreciate about them. (I describe this practice more in this video.)
This ritual makes us feel loved, and helps us express the love we have for those around the table. It is one of my favorite gratitude practices.
Loads of research shows that if we want to be happy, and to raise happy kids, we need to practice gratitude–deliberately, and consistently.
Take Action: Create a gratitude practice or ritual for yourself or your family this Thanksgiving. (Learn more about my favorite gratitude practices here.)
Join the Discussion: What is your favorite way to express your gratitude? What Thanksgiving rituals does your family have? Comment below!