I’m Thankful You’re In My Life: Having Fun During COVID-19

I’m Thankful You’re In My Life: Having Fun During COVID-19

Thanksgiving and the holidays are about gratitude. During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s good to remind ourselves that we’re still connected to a lot of wonderful people. Tell them.

1) You Made A Difference — What are some important, pivotal moments in your life? Did a teacher encourage you to try something new in school? Was it a friend helping you with a project in college. Maybe a relative that gave you a little extra support when you needed it most. Who helped you become the person you are today?

2) Dear ______, — To those important people in your life, write them a letter. Address them directly and honestly.

3) Because of You — In your letter, state the specific actions they took that you appreciated. Why it means so much to you. And the impact that it has had on your life.

4) Update — Let them know what you’re doing now, especially if you haven’t seen them in a very long time. Maybe how their kindness made a part of your life possible. Or how frequently you recall their support.

5) Short and Sweet — Try to keep it to one page. Handwritten is more personal. And easier to remember and have as a keepsake.

6) Public Display of Affection — For very private, personal, and/or sentimental messages, it’s probably best to send by mail. But, I also encourage public messages on social media. It’s okay to let the world know that someone is awesome.

7) If You Break This Chain… — Encourage spreading the kindness. End with saying “I hope this inspires you to send a gratitude letter to 5 people you’re better for knowing.”

8) Why Am I Doing This? — I admit, when this was introduced to me I thought it was cheesy and just another unnecessary chore. But, I witnessed a moment when negative words and actions caused a loved one pain at a time that should have been very joyful. So, I decided to take it seriously and find ways for it to be personally meaningful.

Oddly enough, there was a science experiment about it. When soccer/football players were positively told to kick a ball to the top left corner of the goal, they were far more accurate because that’s what they focused on. But, when soccer/football players were negatively told to avoid kicking the ball to the bottom right of the goal, the ball ended up their the majority of the time because that’s what they focused on. (If you know of this study, please let me know so I can cite it). The lesson: If you focus on happiness you’re far more likely to be happy.

AND DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN! And, please feel free to contact if you have any questions or suggestions!

Health and Safety Considerations for gathering:
1) No indoor activities
2) No sharing bathrooms
3) Wash hands before and after gathering. Don’t touch your face.
4) Bring your own food, snacks, drinks, and utensils.
5) Do not attend if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, have/survived cancer, or 50+ year old.
6) Do not attend if you have or have had Coronavirus or showing symptoms ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
7) Wear a mask and practice social distancing ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html)
8) Limit attendance. Check local health department for guidelines and restrictions.
9) Talk with everyone about comfort levels. Expect and allow non-participation and last minute cancellations.

Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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