The Dos and Don’ts For a Happier Thanksgiving

The days before a big holiday can get crazy. We’re rushing around shopping, fighting traffic, and cooking. Add to all that, the cleaning and the prepping and the potential family drama that ensues. Here are a few dos and don’ts for a happier, more peaceful Thanksgiving.

Do plan ahead. I like to make my grocery list (these lists are cute) at least a week ahead of time. I divide my grocery list into departments (produce, dairy, meat, etc.) so that I’m not zig zagging across the busy store multiple times dodging shoppping cart traffic.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Yes. We’re all trying to be the holiday superhero, but guess what? If you don’t have the perfect serving bowl or the best smelling candle, it’s ok. Take some “me” time and read a good book, take a bath, or go relax at a vitamin IV bar. All the hydration and vitamins will make you feel supercharged and ready to roast that turkey.

Do try new recipes. Last year, I made a completely gluten free Thanksgiving feast, and it was delicious. I didn’t tell anyone but my husband that I changed up the traditional recipes. And guess what? No one noticed. They couldn’t stop talking about how delicious everything was.


Don’t get caught up in family drama. We all have those family members that inevitably cause some sort of drama when they walk in the door. Here’s my advice: just expect it and be ready to let it roll of your back. I like to smile a lot and sip wine, especially while the drama’s unfolding. And who wouldn’t smile while sipping wine from this cup.


Do share your gratitude with your family and friends. I love going around the table and asking each guest what they’re grateful for. It’s also fun to use a page from The Five Minute Journal to prompt dinner conversation. If you’re going to be a guest, this journal makes a wonderful hostess gift. Click here to learn more about The Five Minute Journal and how it can make you happier. (Be sure to enter the code “karena” at the checkout to receive a 10% discount.)


Don’t practice gratitude only on Thanksgiving. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again. The number one way to fuel your own happiness is to practice gratitude. Be thankful for what you have right now because in the magic that is the Universe, you have everything you need for the moment you’re in. And when you start practicing gratitude regularly, you’ll finally understand that happiness is a choice. It’s not something you chase. It’s right there for you to take hold of every day. Not just on Thanksgiving.


Do leave me a comment below. I’m so thankful for all of you. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for. Perhaps we can inspire each other to practice gratitude and choose happiness every day!

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and love.


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