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8 Coolest Game Ideas That Everyone Enjoys In The Thanksgiving Party

8 Coolest Game Ideas That Everyone Enjoys In The Thanksgiving Party

Party games aren’t just reserved for Christmas. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for bringing together friends and family so why not get creative and get everyone involved in a bit of fun? Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to cook or looking for some entertainment afterwards once your stomachs have settled, games are a great and fun way to pass the time with both kids and adults.

With that in mind, here are 8 thanksgiving party games for all the family to try!

1. Traffic Yam

We all buy too many yams so why not use some for this simple and fun game? Try to use odd-shaped yams as they tend to make the game a little harder!

What you need: raw yams, dessert spoons, painter’s tape

How to play: stick a line of painter’s tape to the far end of the room. Give each person a yam and a spoon, placing the yam on the floor and the spoon in each person’s mouth ask everyone to line up across the room from the taped end point. Each person must use the spoon in their mouth to push the yam to the other side of the room. The winner is the first to cross the finish line!

2. Face The Pie

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    This one is messy so it’s probably best for after the meal!

    What you need: gummy letters, paper plates, spray whipped cream, timer

    How to play: set up the game by thinking of a word, spell out the word by putting one gummy letter on each paper plate and cover with whipped cream. Mix up the plates so the word is scrambled and line them up on a table. One person steps up to the line of plates, and with their hands behind their backs, they must find the gummy letters using only their mouth. Once all the letters are found, they can use their hands to rearrange the letters and find the word. The quickest person wins!

    3. Ping Pong Ball Challenge

    This game may seem simple but there’s a catch – each ping pong ball must only be moved by placing it between the chin and the neck!

    What you need: ping pong balls, large plastic cups

    How to play: Place a line of cups at the end of the room on a table one per team/player. On the opposite side of the room place ping pong balls. The aim of the game is to move three ping pong balls from one side of the room to the other only placing it between your chin and neck. The first player or team to successfully move three ping pong balls into their cup first, wins!

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    4. Feather Challenge

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      This is a good game for the competitive members of the family!

      What you need: feathers (either real or fake), timer

      How to play: The aim of the game is to keep your feather in the air as long as possible by blowing it. This can be an individual game or played in teams but the person or team that keeps their feather in the air for the longest time wins.

      5. Paper Plate Toss

      This game requires skill and precision!

      What you need: paper plates, plastic cups, pieces of fake food (or any light plastic objects)

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      How to play: put the cups on a table upside down and place the plastic objects on top of the cups. Using the paper plates like frisbees, the aim of the game is to knock off the object in as little throws as possible. The fastest player/team to knock them off is the winner

      6. Cork Wars

      This game will be loved by family members young and old!

      What you need: corks, straws, different colored paints, a large plastic container, water

      How to play: paint the top of each cork with a different color and allow it to dry. Carefully fill up a large plastic container (the large types you put under the bed) with water. The aim of the game is for each person to blow their cork with a straw from one end of the container to the other in the quickest time. You can play this one on one or with 3 or 4 people at a time.

      7. Shake Your Tailfeathers

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        This game requires some preparation and possible extensive clearing up afterwards but it’s worth it!

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        What you need: feathers, tissue boxes, pantyhose

        How to play: empty the tissue boxes and fill each box with feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. Give a box to each person and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. The aim of the game is to shake the feathers out the quickest – this is a hilarious game to watch!

        8. The Paper Toss Challenge

        This game has different levels so can become quite competitive!

        What you need: screwed up pieces of different paper made into balls, different sized pots, pans and dishes, sticky labels.

        How to play: arrange the pots, pans and dishes of varying sizes on the other side of the room. Put the smaller containers at the back and larger ones at the front, stick labels on each container to indicate the amount of points each one is worth (e.g. large containers at the front could be 2 points, and small containers at the back could be 8 points). Each person must stand at the far side of the room and get their paper balls into the containers. Each person has a minute to reach 21 points.

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        Last Updated on September 10, 2019

        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

        Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

        This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

        One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

        Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

        Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

        1. Gratitude

        Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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        The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

        Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

        So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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          2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

          This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

          For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

          What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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          Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

          3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

          This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

          Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

          An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

          Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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            4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

            According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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            There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

            5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

            Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

            Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

            6. Rise Earlier

            The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

            For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

            So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

            Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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            7. Listen to Uplifting Music

            Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

            Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

            It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

            Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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            Reference

            [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
            [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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