As the year comes to an end, and especially around Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to take a step back for a moment and reflect on the past year.

It’s proven that just by expressing gratitude, we experience positive emotions, relieve anxiety, and improve health.

This Thanksgiving break, try to set aside a moment alone where you can think about all the things you are grateful for; things that happened this year, things that have stayed with you throughout your life, or maybe things you are really looking forward to in the future.

And expressing any gratitude you have for others goes a long way, and will make anyone’s day. Maybe your family has a tradition of going around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and having everyone say what they are grateful for (is that just me?), maybe you show your appreciation by helping your family make dinner or clean up afterwards. Whatever it is, expressing and especially showing your appreciation will go a long way in fostering those important relationships.

Even if you just take a minute, you will be amazed by all the things you have to be grateful for.

As for me, I’m grateful for my family, friends, this year’s SMU football season, and definitely pumpkin pie!

What are you grateful for?

Maria Ryan

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