5 Non-Cheesy Conversation Starters

Going around the table and asking each person to name one thing he’s grateful for is about as original as pumpkin pie. Also, says psychologist Jeffrey J. Froh, “kids always say, ‘My family,’ and move on.” Here, some better options.

Family at Table for Thanksgiving
Lisa Peardon
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
1. What’s the nicest thing that anyone has done for you this year?
2. What’s the nicest thing that you’ve seen someone else—friend, family member, teacher, coach—do for another person?
3. If you had one superpower that you could use to make a difference in the world, what would it be? What would you do with it?
4. What are you most grateful for that doesn’t cost money?
5. One nontalky project: “My kids make huge place cards for each guest, and while we are cocktailing, everyone walks around and writes what they are grateful for about that person on his or her card,” says sociologist Christine Carter.
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