“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” — Tecumseh

When it comes to Thanksgiving, a lot of emphasis gets put on the food. For me it is the nostalgia of the smell of turkey cooking in the oven. I love all of the traditional fixings that go along with it. Every family may have their own traditions that bring them together. That is the most important part after all. Giving thanks for each other, being together, even when far apart. Many people will be apart from their loved ones this Thanksgiving. I suggest cooking up a small Thanksgiving. When you're ready to dine, give a ring, Facetime, or Zoom your friends and family, and give a cheers! Pray for a better year, and then dig in!

Don't let yourself feel sad or lonely. Rejoice in your memories, be thankful you have them. Gratitude will replace the bad feelings so you can focus on the future.

If you need a little boost in this department give acupressure a try. Acupressure helps you see a different perspective, and to look beyond ourselves.

  1. Spleen #4 is called, "The Prince's Grand Son". It is located on the instep just below the first metatarsal bone of the big toe on the border of the red and white skin. Press for one minute each side. You can do this a few times a day. This point helps you realize the certainty of continuity. It is like entrusting your legacy to your favorite grandson.
  2. Lung #7 called, "Narrow Defile". It is located on the radial styloid process of the wrist. You can find it by sliding your index finger of one hand between the web of your thumb and index finger of the other wrist. Where your index finger lands is the point. Massage gently for one minute each side. You can do this a few times per day. This point helps relieve sadness and worry. It gives you the capacity to receive the wonderful gifts of life that are abundant all around you. Sometimes we get lost, and we forget to take stock of what we have. Breath in, breath out, give thanks.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!