How to Have a Device-Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Plus: a Black Friday / Cyber Monday deal that you don't want to miss
First things first: this is my first Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Substack, and I’m doing something dramatic to celebrate. From now till midnight on Monday, November 27th,
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You read that right: if you sign up for a year’s subscription to “How to Feel Alive,” you not only get all the benefits of being a paid subscriber, but you also get a 100% discount on the Find Your Fun and 30-Day Phone Breakup courses — which is a $70 value, which happens to also be the price of a one-year paid subscription . . . do you see what I’m getting at here?
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I’ll include a more detailed description of both courses below, but long story short, they’re text-message based courses (delivered right on your phone) that are designed to walk you through the plans that I outline in my books, How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, so that you can put each book’s plan into action.
Every day, you receive a voice message from me outlining the day’s theme and assignment, plus a series of interactive text message prompts telling you exactly what to do. The goal is to break down each book’s plan into bite-sized, daily assignments, delivered directly to your phone, so that you don’t just read the steps of the plan; you actually put them into practice. I truly believe that if you’re hoping to create better boundaries with your phone and/or if you wish you could have more fun, these courses will help. (And yes, you can gift them.)
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The fine print:
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How to Have a Device-Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Those of you who have been on my list for a while know that every year, I send out resources designed to help you and your family have a device-free Thanksgiving dinner. The idea is simple: You ask your friends and family to put their phones away for the duration of the meal so that you can actually spend time together. But since that can sometimes be easier said than done, here are some ideas and resources that can help.
I suggest letting your guests know ahead of time that you’ll be putting phones away during the meal.
Yes, it might seem like a strange thing to have to bring up, but it will save you some awkward moments at the meal itself. Bonus points if you ask them to come up with a conversation starter to share, or you can just . . .
. . . print out this page of conversation starters, cut them up and put them on the table (I like to put one under each person’s plate, or just put them in a bowl that you can pass around).
Get a basket or attractive box that can hold everyone’s phones.
As everyone sits down at the table, ask that everyone put their phones into the box/basket (and put it in a different room!).
Use the conversation prompts to get everybody talking.
Eat dinner. Converse. Connect. Ask yourselves why you haven’t done this before — and when you could do it again. (Note: I recommend that devices never be allowed at the table during meals!)
You can use this image on social media to invite others to join us.
Do you have a device-free dinner practice already? I’d love to hear about it — please feel free to share your experience (including what happens this year at Thanksgiving) in the comments. And I’d also love to hear any good conversation prompts that you’ve used!
To scrolling less and living more,
More info on the courses:
The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
Is your phone the first thing you check in the morning and the last thing you check before bed? Do you wish you could set better boundaries, but don’t know how?
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“Catherine Price is the Marie Kondo of brains.”
—The New York Times
You'll keep what you love about your phone, reduce or eliminate what you don’t, and make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment and mindset that will enable you to take back control of your life–both on and off your phone.
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