This article originally appeared in Better Nutrition.
Traditional expressions of gratitude at this year’s Thanksgiving may be challenging, what with social distancing, empty seats in football stadiums, and a television-only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful.
1. You can still watch the Macy’s parade on TV—as most people usually do.
2. If you’re a football fan, you can still watch the games on TV, and if your fan buddies aren’t with you, share the experience with them by phone or video.
3. We know now more than ever before about how to lead healthier lives by eating whole foods, being more physically active, managing stress, and getting enough sleep.
4. We have more choices of fresh and organic food than ever before, along with a nearly infinite number of recipes online (go to betternutrition.com and search “Thanksgiving” for some of our favorites from past issues).
5. We can eat, drink, chew, or swallow multivitamins and other supplements for nutritional insurance, natural relief from ailments, and other specific benefits. Ashwagandha and magnesium, for example, can ease anxiety and help you relax and get a good night’s sleep.
6. Opportunities for physical activity are endless, either by going outdoors or streaming exercise routines in your home—with or without special equipment or a virtual trainer.
7. Although air pollution and greenhouse gases are threatening our planet, there’s more awareness than ever about what needs to be done. In the natural products industry, for example, more than
650 companies are taking action to protect the Earth.
8. In addition to efforts to reduce sources of pollution, new technologies are being developed to suck carbon out of our air and store it in the ground or at the bottom of the ocean.
9. Although bad news is available 24/7 on every electronic device, you always have the power to turn it off.
10. You’re here. You’re alive. And you have the power to do a lot of good for yourself, for others, and for the planet.