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how to express gratitude this thanksgiving

April 22, 2020

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Chances are there is a lot!

Acknowledging the people, things, and experiences we are grateful for is awesome, but expressing your gratitude this holiday season is even better. Here’s how to make the most of your Thanksgiving by sharing your gratitude with others.

Write it Down

It’s easy to say we are thankful for our parents, friends, health, or job, but even we grow numb to these clichés after a while. To really absorb all of the things in your life that are gifts, it’s best to write them down. Find a quiet place, and with a good old fashioned pen and piece of paper, make a list of the things in your life that you appreciate. This will give you a concrete reminder to reflect on regularly. Post it on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, or your desk at work, so that you can add to it as new things pop in your head.

Be Present

We all say that we’re thankful for our loved ones, but when we have the chance to visit with them we are distracted. Make a change this Thanksgiving by putting away your phone, assignments, or work to really engage with the people you love. Look them in the eyes when you speak to them, listen patiently when they’re talking, and offer to help cook or clean with them. For one day try to be fully present and take in what it is you are grateful about your loved ones. If you’re unable to be with them, go out of your way to call them (not text or email!) and have an authentic conversation. You won’t regret it!

Give Back

When our hearts are filled with gratitude, the best thing we can do is to share that with others. Spending a few hours of your Thanksgiving weekend volunteering at a homeless shelter or children’s hospital is a wonderful way to do that. It costs nothing but time and may benefit you more than the people you are helping.

Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a time of stress, work, or selfishness. Instead, make this year about basking in gratitude, being present, and giving back when you can.


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