As we approach Thanksgiving here in the Midwest, we get a break from the hot summer weather, the colors of leaves turn into a beautiful array of hues, and our hearts and minds turn to the upcoming holiday season.

I love all the seasons because each one brings about unique changes. In the spirit of change, I thought it would be a great time to try something new with the Strength Based Living blog. To temporarily switch things up from our usual format, we have selected three previous posts that can help you navigate the changing seasons.

I hope you enjoy them!

For The Holidays

Get ready to experience your holiday using the lens of character strengths! With Thanksgiving and other holidays approaching, we chose the traditional Recipe for a Strengths-Fueled Thanksgiving. Gather your ingredients, like 3 signature strengths, 2 parts of strengths-spotting, and others. If you’re ready to cook up a strengths-fueled holiday, you can find the recipe here.

For a Reset

Next, we chose a fan favorite: The Mindful Pause.  Why is it a favorite practice? Because it’s quick, easy, and effective. Everyone can periodically use a mindful pause during the changing seasons. It resets the mind and body to prepare for whatever comes next. Ready to let go of anxiety and get grounded in strengths? Use the Mindful Pause to take on holiday stressors.

For Inspiration

Finally, for a burst of inspiration in this topsy-turvy world in which we live, check out How Many People Does it Take to Make a Difference? My favorite quote from this inspiring video is, “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.” Enough said. Ready to get inspired? Find your next dose of inspiration here!

There is also beauty in appreciating what has been done in the past. Over the past couple of years, we have published 29 strengths-based practices. These practices are categorized for your convenience to help you explore and apply your strengths in meaningful ways.

You’ll find them on my blog page under the following categories: Understanding Strengths, Putting Strengths Into Action, Blending Strengths and Mindfulness, Getting Inspired, and Strengthening the Holidays. I invite you to explore each category to find practices that support you in your work and life.

Wishing you beauty and joy in your upcoming strengths-filled holiday season,

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