5 ways to Practice Thanksgiving Every Day of the Year, Ways to Cope with the Stress of the Holidays & Some Heart-y Chuckles to Carry You Through!

“Reflect upon your present blessings–of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -Charles Dickens

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This week:

Gratitude IS Happiness Doubled by Wonder!
Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships.
A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically.
It’s actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time…

THE POWER OF THANK YOU

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week I’d love to share with you the benefits and power of two simple words. THANK YOU.

They are two words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, athletic performance and success. Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships. A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It’s actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you rather than the stress hormones that drain you.

Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. In fact, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.

Gratitude is like muscle. The more we do with it the stronger it gets. In this spirit here are 5 ways to practice Thanksgiving every day of the year.

1) Take a Daily Thank You Walk – I started this practice 15 years ago and it changed my life. Take a simple 10-30 minute walk each day and say out loud what you are thankful for. This will set you up for a positive day.

2) Meal Time Thank You’s – On Thanksgiving, or just at dinner with your friends and family, go around the table and have each person, including the kids at the little table, say what they are thankful for.

3) Gratitude Visit – Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, suggests that we write a letter expressing our gratitude to someone. Then we visit this person and read them the letter. His research shows that people who do this are measurably happier and less depressed a month later.

4) Say Thank You at Work – When Doug Conant was the CEO of Campbell Soup he wrote approximately 30,000 thank you notes to his employees and energized the company in the process. Energize and engage your co-workers and team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. Organizations spend billions of dollars collectively on recognition programs but the best and cheapest recognition program of all consists of a sincere THANK YOU. And of course don’t forget to say thank you to your clients and customers too.

5) Say Thank you and Goodnight – At bedtime reflect on your day, identify and share all that you are thankful for. If you have children you can read Thank You and Goodnight with them and add to it.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for allowing me to share this newsletter with you. I’m thankful for YOU.

 

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Thanksgiving Edition
A modern digital newspaper to inspire your heart and mind.

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“Reflect upon your present blessings–of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -Charles Dickens

I’ve Been Thinking…

I’ve been looking forward to Thanksgiving all year. In fact, I’ve been counting down to it every day since it happened last year. Why? Well, as anyone close to me knows, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

I love the days leading up to it. I love the atmosphere surrounding it. I love that it’s a holiday all about gathering around with family and friends for food, football, and faith. I love that it means my house is full of laughter, and that my table is full of people expressing gratitude for this moment in their lives. I love that friends find comfort and a sense of belonging and home at my family table on Thanksgiving each year.

I also love that Thanksgiving isn’t about going out and buying gifts (which I’ve come to realize just stresses everyone out, anyway). No, Thanksgiving is about celebrating the gifts that are within us. It’s a holiday that’s about honoring the gift of friendship. It’s about recognizing the gift of family. It’s about opening your heart and your mind to the larger picture of family. It’s about reaching out to those who might not have a family or a place to go and inviting them to the table.

I’ve written many times before about our collective need to belong, and how we all feel a need to be invited and included. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all of us to recognize not just our own internal need for those things, but the need that our loved ones and neighbors have for it as well.

I know the holidays are stressful for many. (That’s why we asked Dr. Lori Gottlieb to give us some advice on handling holiday stress below). I know many people don’t feel welcomed home or like they have a place to go. That’s why I love that my church organizes a Thanksgiving feast every year for those in our larger community who have nowhere else to gather.

Every year, my family serves food at this gathering, and each time, it feels like there are more and more people who line up outside our church for food, clothing, toiletries, and life’s basic necessities. I try to reflect every year on those whom I am serving. I try to express deep gratitude not just for the food, but for the chance to invite them in and treat them with respect and dignity and love.

At the end of the day, that’s what this community gathering is about. It’s about sharing love, respect, and dignity with every person at every table. It’s why this Thanksgiving, I’m going to focus on treating everyone at my family table with respect as well.

I want everyone to feel like they belong. I want everyone to know that I am grateful that they are gathered with me. I’m going to try and make sure our conversations are loving and respectful, and that there is plenty of laughter and love in abundance. I’m going to let everyone at my table know how grateful I am for them, just like I’m grateful to all of you who read this Sunday Paper. I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for championing this newsletter, sharing it, and writing me and coming up to me in person to tell me how much you love it.

You have made The Sunday Paper a huge success by supporting it and spreading the word. Thank you. I find myself so humbled by its success. I’m also so grateful to everyone who supports the work and mission of my nonprofit, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. The success of both of these endeavors depends on other people.

We all need others to help us with our work and our ideas. We all need others who can help us see ourselves, love ourselves, and find our way forward. We are all dependent, independent, and interdependent at the same time. None of us are an island, and yet way too many of us feel like we are alone.

So this holiday season, may we each try—in ways big and small—to step out of our comfort zone. May we reach across a political divide. May we notice someone who is struggling and offer them a hand. May we buy someone a coffee. May we thank someone for a gesture (even if it happened long ago).

We can all give thanks for where we are this year, and we should all know that we didn’t get to this day and this place alone. This Thanksgiving, remember that gratitude never goes out of style.

Love,

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Dear God, may I give thanks this Thanksgiving for all your blessings. As I enter this holiday season, may I remember that the best gifts are those within that you have already given me. Amen.

Views Above the Noise

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1. Anxious About the Holidays? Acclaimed Therapist Lori Gottlieb Shares Her Tips to Reduce Stress and Enjoy the Season

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2. Afraid That Talking Politics Will Ruin Thanksgiving? Here’s How to Avoid Conflict So That Doesn’t Happen

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3. Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan’s Thanksgiving Wish: ‘Focus on What’s Going Right’

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4. Simple Ways to Find Gratitude Amidst the Holiday Hustle and Bustle from Rabbi Steve Leder

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5. Hosting for the Holidays? Easy Steps to Create a Warm and Inviting Home from Lifestyle Expert Alexandra Gove

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6. Looking For Meaningful Gifts? Here are 5 Must-Read Books About the Human Spirit from Our Partners at 1440 Multiversity

News Above the Noise

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NEWS TO MAKE YOU SMART
Something Happens to Your Brain When You Feel Gratitude

We receive many positive benefits when feeling grateful. Now, a new study reveals that practicing gratitude over a three-month period physically changed brain activity.

NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
New Study Finds That Half of U.S. Men Are Uncomfortable With Women Political Leaders

After a banner week for American women (did you see the Democratic Debate on Wednesday?), a new study reveals that only 49% of American men would feel comfortable with a woman as head of government.

NEWS FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
What Stresses Americans the Most About the Holidays Might Surprise You

If fretting and worrying is your specialty this time of year, you’re not alone.
 The holidays are a stressful time of the year. People are losing sleep over how much they spend during the season on expenses like gift-giving, while others are stressed over travel expenses, and even hosting their in-laws.

NEWS YOU CAN USE
How to Have Closer Friendships (and Why You Need Them)

Even if you find it easy to make friends — and it’s not, for most people — getting truly close to people is still difficult. Here’s how to make it easier.

NEWS TO BRING YOU JOY
Our Yippee! Moment of the Week

We love this story of a wild turkey that’s been stalking a Wisconsin mail carrier along his route. Could it be love?  WATCH VIDEO

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The Sunday Paper Reflection

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My Thanksgiving To-Do List

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READ MORE of our friend Jennifer Aniston’s Thanksgiving To-Do List! And make sure to follow her on Instagram, too.

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The Sunday Paper Recommend

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I’m so excited for Katherine Schwarzenegger and so proud of her on the announcement of her forthcoming book, “The Gift Of Forgiveness.” It’s a fresh and inspiring book about learning how to forgive and includes firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace. It comes out March 10, 2020. CLICK HERE TO PREORDER!

The Sunday Paper Marketplace

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We are so excited to announce that The Sunday Paper Marketplace is now officially open for business! The Marketplace is where you’ll find curated products that are good for you, good for your mind, and good for the world. Inspired by our favorite day of the week, the Marketplace features items to inspire, empower and connect you with The Sunday Paper community and beyond. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! XO

And Finally…
Love The Sunday Paper?

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Heart-y Chuckles to Carry You Through the Thanksgiving Weak End:

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Thanks this week go to all of you who live, love, learn, love and leave a legacy with the positive spirit of gratitude!
Please pay it forward
Love,
Neville

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

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