Thanksgiving is a great positive psychology holiday. In fact, thanksgiving, not as a holiday but as a phenomenon, is part of positive psychology lingo, appearing in Fred Bryant and Joseph Veroff’s model of savoring. Thanksgiving is a reflection on what the world has to offer us and why we should celebrate it.
Holidays, such as Thanksgiving, are times for tradition. The idiosyncrasies that make up my family’s holiday traditions are precisely the reasons I look forward to the holiday season all year. We say grace, and I do feel grateful for the food, but it is quite a different kind of thanks knowing that grocery stores are open 24-hours. Something has been lacking from my holiday traditions. My Thanksgiving was in need of repair.