With all the noise and turmoil that sometimes fills our daily lives (not to mention our daily newspapers), we all cherish the opportunity for quiet reflection and the joyful fellowship of family and friends that Thanksgiving Day brings us each year. On this eve of another Thanksgiving, we wanted to say how thankful we are for all the special people in our lives and to take the opportunity to share again a few suggestions from The Live Big List. As you may recall, the List was started in 2009 as an attempt to refocus on the things that mattered most at a time of financial turmoil. As we put it then, “if we can find the place of gratitude for what we have, we can find joy in the most mundane of places, and, hopefully at least get our minds off of how scary the world can feel at times.” Here are a dozen entries from the 88 items now on the list.
- - Walk the dog (borrow one if you don’t have one of your own)
- - Hug someone (be careful, in general it should be someone who you know)
- – Teach a teenager to balance a checkbook
- – Read all those books you’ve been accumulating
- - Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Love Actually” or some other feel good movie
- – Write an old fashioned letter to someone
- – Give a stranger a compliment
- – Throw a Board Game Night at your house for friends, family, neighbors
- – Put a puzzle together
- - Take a leisurely walk around a new neighborhood in your city – be a “tourist”
- - Call a friend and tell them you value their friendship
- - Make a charitable contribution
You can read all 88 entries on the Live Big List (and add your own) here: What it means to Live Big in these trying times.