1. Be clear and set your intention now for the day you would like to experience. Be mindful of what you ask for. In other words, the intention, “Let everyone just leave me alone this year,” may leave you feeling left out and disconnected. Consider, “Let me recognize sensations of happiness and welcome them as experiences this Thanksgiving Day.”
2. From today forward, allow yourself to notice the small things that give you pleasure: the way the sun feels on your face; the smell of the autumn air; the taste of water when you are thirsty. Fully experience in seconds the pleasure these simple things bring to you. When this happens, allow yourself to recognize it with a thought of thanks. If it helps, place your hand over your heart or close your eyes while offering thanks.
3. Begin noticing today that there are many things that you have no control over. If truth be told, you might notice the idea of control is an illusion. Open your mind and heart to the idea of multiple possibilities. You may notice greater benefit from curiosity than control.