Be Grateful and Be Well!

You may think it’s already December if you have spent any time outside of your house, been online or watched television! The retail push for Christmas is in full swing and radio stations are already playing “Jingle Bell Rock”. While shopping at Build-a-Bear with the kids and my mom on November 14th, we found ourselves, unintentionally, at the National Harbor during its Christmas Tree lighting. It was a nice event but really — it was only NOVEMBER 14th! While there, we also saw families bringing their pets to have their photo taken with “Santa” at the retail store, The Black Dog. This was beyond exciting and a little confusing for my 6 year old.

You know what, it makes me sad. Who decided to totally blow off Thanksgiving? I should have suspected something when I went searching for the perfect ninja sword for my son’s Halloween costume and I found it right next to the aisle of Christmas decorations at Target. I know that “Tis the Season” pretty much runs from November through December 31st, BUT COME ON, Christmas decorations next to Trick-or-Treat displays just feels wrong.

Christmas too early!Maybe it’s just me but Thanksgiving is, by far, my favorite holiday! I blogged about my love for Thanksgiving and what it means to me in a previous post. Truly, in my opinion, Thanksgiving is the best – long naps, family and food (stuffing is my personal favorite) without the pressure to give gifts (unless it’s the kind you uncork)! It’s about giving thanks and chilling out with those who matter most!

I am not an overly mushy person, well that’s a lie, but I am a hugger and you can be certain, if you are my family or one of my besties, I’m going to hug you at Thanksgiving and tell you how grateful I am that you are in my life. Added bonus – it’s good for you and for me! According to the article A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day in The New York Times, “cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked, which helps explain why so many brothers-in-law survive Thanksgiving without serious injury.” This is a good article, I suggest you read it – all of it. If being grateful helps you sleep better at night, what are you waiting for? You will have one more thing to be grateful for – all those extra quality Zzz’s.

See people! GIVE THANKS, tell Christmas to wait it’s turn, eat turkey, drink drinks with bubbles and be grateful. I don’t do Black Friday – I stay home and hug my kids and kill it on Cyber Monday!

Sleep well, be well and give thanks.

I am thankful for many things in my life – what are you thankful for?

Mary Helen Uusimaki @MaryHelenSleeps Better Sleep Council

Mary Helen Uusimaki
Better Sleep Council


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