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Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Help your family acknowledge what really matters with these meaningful projects everyone can enjoy. And, the best part, gratitude exercises have been proven to increase overall happiness and well-being, so there’s no reason you have to stop in November.
1. Create a Thanksgiving altar
While food is definitely one of the first things that comes to mind on Thanksgiving, the underlying message is in the name. Remind everyone to give thanks by creating a banner to display on the big day.
2. Give everyone a gratitude journal
Make gratitude journals for each person in the family to fill out during the month of November. The simple act of writing down what we’re thankful for has been shown to elevate moods.
3. Add themed pages to each person’s gratitude journal
Keeping a gratitude journal full and fresh can sometimes be a challenge for participants with writer’s block. Inspire entries with themed prompts and art ideas. Encourage everyone to include drawings to keep the pages fun and visually interesting.