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With Thanksgiving looming in just two days (with preparations always underway for many), try to set aside some time to think about what you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. For me, it’s a 140lb lap dog on a cold winter night.

This New York Times Op-Ed, “Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.” discusses how actively practicing gratitude can significantly improve life satisfaction and happiness. Being grateful includes appreciating both the big and the insignificant things, as well as both private gratitude spoken to yourself and public gratitude expressed towards others.

In concept, saying you’re grateful even if you’re not seems bourgeois and saccharine. But it’s actually a tool to a better end.

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This is something my mom used to say to me. It’s one of those mom’isms that you just kind of shake your head at, but it does actually have some value. I spent the last few days in Florida visiting my parents. The sun and warmth was such a wonderful contrast to the dark and cold we have been experiencing for what feels like forever. It made me think about how we have all just become accustomed to the dreariness. It isn’t until Spring returns in earnest that we realize just how blah we have been feeling.

While it would be fabulous to dip out to sun country every time we are feeling like we need to recharge, that’s not practical for most of us as full-time employees, parents and/or real people. So here are a few things I found on the SparkPeople site that you can try to lift the winter weight of the world:

  1. Exercise – a little bit goes a long way. Take a walk in the middle of the day for 20 minutes and soak in the sun and the extra Vitamin D.
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  3. Eat foods that lift your mood – and not the sugary kind that jack you up and then knock you down. Have some fresh fruit/grains and veggies. Complex carbs and 8 glasses of water a day can help to stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.
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  5. Just say No to over scheduling. Take time to relax and enjoy. Read a book, sleep in or go to bed early, take a yoga class or plan time with your friends. It’s OK to do nothing!

And one of my own favorites, make time to touch base with your support network. As women, we can sometimes put our heads down to push through all of our obligations and lose touch with our friends as they are doing the same. Lift yourself up and check in with your friends. They can be just as warming to your spirit as a weekend on the beach.

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