Navigating upcoming elections, hearing disturbing news stories, and handling life’s challenges can be a lot to take in at this time of year as we gear up for the holiday season. It kicks off with Halloween and ends with New Year’s Day as we begin 2019. In the middle sits Thanksgiving, a day where we can celebrate, connect, and count our blessings.

According to research from the US National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, some people are wired to look at life through a positive lens while others are not based on personality traits. But no matter what type of personality you may have, you can still practice gratitude. By training ourselves to take each thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, we can count our blessings.

If you are sitting at the Thanksgiving table and struggling to find something to be thankful for this year, here are five ways you can stay positive this holiday season.

1. Think positive.

Think about the positive things that happened this year. They can even be the little things in life such as waking up to coffee each morning or enjoying the wonderful food spread out on the Thanksgiving table. By concentrating on the good things, we can negate the more challenging ones.

2. Talk positive.

Talk about the positive things with friends and family that happened throughout the year. Talking about them brings the thoughts into action.

3. Connect with others.

Ask those around you (e.g., family, friends, and neighbors) what their favorite memory from the year is and why. Talking about the good things that happened will cement the memories in our minds.

4. Focus on God.

Make a list of answered prayers. Then, meditate on how God worked in your life and in the lives of those around you.

5. Share the gratitude attitude.

Share the gratitude attitude with others by affirming one or two positive attributes about another person. Sharing the positive makes it difficult for anyone to dwell on the negative.

When we change our thinking, it impacts the direction of our lives. By focusing on the positive things in life, it is easier to count our blessings. No matter what you are facing, keep your eyes focused on Jesus, especially during this busy yet wonderful time of the year.

Stay tuned to our blog and our Advent page this holiday season for ways you can experience hope, peace, joy, and love with family and friends.