Be Thankful

As an American who lives overseas, sometimes celebrating Thanksgiving can be very tough.  No one has off either Thursday or Friday, or your friends have gone elsewhere for the holiday.  So, like many expats, I celebrate it on another day (this year it’s Saturday).  I’ve invited a bunch of people for a buffet meal – 2 vegetarian adults, 2 vegetarian kids, 6 meat eaters and only 2 of us are American!  I’m so thankful for having people around to celebrate one of my favourite holidays.

Being thankful is important in life.  Finding just little bits of positivity can be so helpful both mentally and physically.  Mentally, it can open you up to other possibilities, will allow you to look more regularly for the positives versus negatives in life and make you feel better about yourself, your life and your future.  Physically, finding the positives in life can keep heart issues at bay much more than looking at just the negatives.

So, do yourself a favour, and look for the beauty in the world around you.  It might just be that the sun is shining today (which it is in London), or a smile on a baby or the sight of an older couple holding hands.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, American or not!

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Happiness

I recently saw a posting on Facebook about the twelve things happy people do differently. I went onto Google and did a bit of a search and found quite a few resources on this. I figured I could focus on one a week and write about it. Here’s the list:

1. Express Gratitude
2. Cultivate Optimism
3. Avoid Over-thinking and Social Comparison
4. Practice Acts of Kindness
5. Nurture Social Relationships
6. Develop Strategies for Coping
7. Learn to Forgive
8. Increase Flow Experiences
9. Savore Life’s Joys
10. Commit to Your Goals
11. Practice Relgion & Spirituality
12. Take Care of Your Body