Take Time to be Grateful

November 1st, 2020

A sign that says "Give thanks"

Gratitude. It’s something that we should talk about every month, but it is especially apparent during November around Thanksgiving.  Showing appreciation for both the big and small things in our lives is great for our mental health and for our relationships. Here are easy ways to incorporate more gratitude into your daily life:

  • Keep a gratitude journal and pick a consistent time to write in it everyday.
  • Make it a habit to share something you’re grateful for with your partner each night before bed.
  • Tell someone in your life why you appreciate them.
  • Take a moment to notice the nature around you each day while you’re walking.
  • Smile at strangers.
  • Stay off of or set limits on social media, but if you choose to be on social media, share gratitude by posting a tweet, Facebook post or Pinterest.
  • Deliberately do at least one thing that makes someone else happy each day.
  • Call your mom,dad, best friend, etc more often, just to say hi.
  • Cook meals with intention and think about how lucky we are to have access to food.
  • Volunteer for organizations that help others.
  • Don’t speak badly about anyone.
  • Spend tech-free time with people, especially your family.
  • Remember to compliment your friends and family when they look good.
  • Write a card to someone you haven’t seen in a while and tell them something nice.
  • Try to match each negative thought you have with a positive one.
  • Commit to one day a week when you won’t complain about anything.
  • Try to take note when people do a good job and give recognition when it’s due at work.
  • Reward effort, if someone does something nice for you, do something nice for them.
  • Thank the people who serve you in the community — the shopkeepers, the bus drivers, mail carriers, landscapers, etc.
  • Make it a point to say thank you for the little things your loved ones do for you, things you normally take for granted.
  • Post quotes and images that remind you to be grateful around your house.
  • Call into an elderly neighbor and say thank you for their presence in your life.
  • Embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities to grow.
  • Send positive thoughts to someone who annoys you.
  • Acknowledge when you learn something new and be grateful for the opportunity.
  • When times are bad, focus on your friends who are at your side.
  • When time is good, notice and help others.
  • Make a gratitude collage, cut out pictures of all the things that you are grateful for.
  • Make gratitude a part of family life, share it with each other during meal time.
  • Practice gratitude at the same time every day to make it a habit.

Source: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/40-simple-ways-practice-gratitude.html


Positive Thought

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie