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Sit in Gratitude AND FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE In anticipation of Thanksgiving, let’s talk about gratitude. Many great thought leaders talk about the power of sitting in gratitude to cope with negative thoughts and anxiety. Considering the opioid abuse epidemic in this country, it’s time we searched for more natural ways to deal with these issues when possible and to take a more proactive approach to our wellness. Start basic. Appreciate everything. Give thanks for waking up tomorrow morning. Give thanks for having hot water for your morning shower. Give thanks for the mailman delivering the mail on time. Really sit and think about the joy these things bring to your life. Once we have established a habit of sitting in gratitude, we can rewire our brains to be naturally more grateful. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to start this practice. Writing it down forces us to do the work. I recommend buying “Everyday Gratitude: A daily journal to help you give and receive joy daily” by my great gal pal, Angela Howerter. It is available on Amazon. I’ve been using her journal since January and it’s been a game-changer for me. Express gratitude towards others. When is the last time you thanked a coworker? Have you thanked your best friend for being supportive of you? Have you thanked your boss for giving you a job? It is easy for all of us to focus on the negative. Most of my clients are facing some sort of crisis, whether it’s criminal prosecution, financial instability, or problems at school. Their minds tend to go to the worst places. Sitting in gratitude can get people through these difficult times. I always encourage my clients to focus on making things right, searching for the positive. It’s proven to be a winning strategy so far, and I hope you will embrace it as well.
The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich
Inspired by FoodNetwork.com
Thanksgiving may be held on Thursday, but the food often lasts at least through the weekend. To make the best use of the excess, grill up some killer turkey sandwiches.
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2 slices sourdough bread 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce 1/3 cup leftover dressing or stuffing
2 tbsp leftover gravy
1 tbsp butter, room temperature
Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the leftovers required.
1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve.
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