Sitting around the table doing the whole “I’m thankful for …” not your bag? Many people feel you on that one. But don’t let your ego give your loved ones the shaft. Instead of words, show your people that you dig and appreciate them by doing some of the following this Thanksgiving:
Quit thinking that your mom loves taking care of you because it gives her ‘a sense of purpose.’ Get off your ass and help cook, set up the table, clean up, etc. Help out – people will appreciate it.
Make someone a special dish
Got that weird hippy who doesn’t think it’s right to eat things that were once living? Make them a special vegan dish. Know your cousin will shit themselves if they eat gluten? Make them something gluten-free. It’s the little things, folks. Or just make someone something that is ‘special’ if they’re into that thing, just make sure to save some for yourself, too.
Is there a bottle of wine you know your aunt loves? Or a cool craft that you think will entertain the noisy kids? Bring it. Putting extra thought into something shows you care.
Ask someone about that ‘new thing’ they’ve got going on
Not sure what they’re up to? It’s okay, that’s what Facebook is for. Stalk away with purpose; so-and-so will really appreciate that you’re sort of in the know. At the very least, you took the time to learn, and that definitely counts for something.
Give a card / Write a letter
This can be something you mail via snail mail or give directly. Sometimes words are easier to write, than speak.
Give a genuine compliment
Compliments can go a long way. Give them genuinely and generously.
Get the hell off your phone and engage with people. If you start feeling like you’re losing your mind from too much family time, excuse yourself for a short walk or to catch some fresh air – and check your phone and regain your sanity there.