As we fall deeper into the days of autumn, our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving celebrations here in America. For many this brings to mind images of family togetherness, parades and football on TV, and, of course, pumpkin pie. While all of those are highlights, it’s also a great time to set aside some time to practice gratitude. In our fast-paced world, this can be easier said than done. So, here we’ve giving you four suggestions on how you can put gratitude into action.
Write Letters to Loved Ones
There are thirty days in November, which gives you thirty opportunities to write a quick note to let someone know how much he or she means to you and how thankful you are to have them in your life. If you’re not sure you can commit to thirty, opt to write one note a week for the month. It’s not the quantity of thankfulness, it’s the act of expression, so even if you only write one note, know it’s meaningful.
Start a Gratitude Jar
Count your blessings by writing them on slips of paper and stowing them in a decorative jar (we love this option!). Keep the jar in a convenient, easy-to-see place such as on your kitchen counter, so you’ll be reminded of your blessings and can add to the pile any time.
Pay It Forward
We’ve all heard stories of someone paying for the person behind them in the coffee or food line. That is a quick and simple way to put gratitude in action and pass on positivity. However, if you want to go just a bit deeper, seek out those who are going through a difficult situation in which you have been through in the past. Even if you are only a sounding board, you’re likely to give them perspective and they are sure to be grateful for your help and kind thoughts.
Seek out an organization you admire and see how you can help. Whether it’s rescuing animals, raising funding for schools or medical research, or cleaning up city parks, the one thing all of these groups have in common is a need for volunteers. Whatever the cause, helping others is sure to remind you of all you have to be grateful in your life.