Inspired by these Thanksgiving communication survival tips from ProjectEve.com (click the link for practical advice on dealing with difficult relatives or friends during dinner), we’ve put together a few tips for engaging in meaningful, memorable conversations with the people around your table today.
- Ask senior family members to share stories of Thanksgivings past. Thanksgiving in 1932 was nothing like Thanksgiving in 2011. Take advantage of the collective wisdom and learn about your history by some means other than Google.
- Talk about uplifting things. There is plenty of bad news out there lately (always): the state of the economy, the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, gun violence. Stick with positive subjects and tell happy stories at your table.
- Start a conversation about gratitude. It’s an old tradition, but a classic one: go around the table and ask everyone to share what they’re grateful for this year.
- Leave arguments, bitterness and resentment behind. Resolve your issues before coming to the table, or choose to put your pride aside for the purpose of family togetherness.
- Skip politics and go for jokes. We’ve all heard enough about politics in these last few months to last us for years. Make each other laugh instead.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SeniorsforLiving.com! We’re grateful that you’re part of our community, and we hope your day is spent enjoying good food and quality time with family and friends.