3 Ways to Make the Holidays Happy

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of Marriott Alumni Magazine and The Exchange! May today bring you big servings of pumpkin pie, family, and football.

All those trimmings aside, there’s more to this time of year than succumbing to a turkey-induced nap. Keep your holiday celebrations merry and bright with three lessons from President Thomas S. Monson, which he shared in a BYU devotional titled “Full Measure of Happiness.”

1. Overspending will not make you happy. “Avoid the philosophy that yesterday’s luxuries are today’s necessities,” he said. “I urge you to live within your means, whatever your means may be.”

2. Remember what—and who—is most important. Quoting Shakespeare, Monson said, “They do not love who do not show their love.” Find time to demonstrate your love for those around you during this special time of year.

3. Find joy in service. “Opportunities to give of ourselves are limitless, but they are also perishable,” Monson counseled. “There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done.”

Read President Monson’s full address in the Summer 2004 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine.