While we believe in celebrating thankfulness all year round, this time of year pulls being grateful into sharp focus. Here are a few ways to incorporate gratitude into your life.
- “Thankful” collections: Take a moment each day to write down what you are thankful for on a slip of paper. Hang the slips from a tree branch, place them in a jar or pin them to a board to remind yourself and your family each day of what brings you joy.
- Thank you notes: It’s always a good time to let neighbors, friendly grocery store clerks, teachers, friends, and relatives know how they’ve positively contributed to your day or your life. Write a thank you note or make a note to say thank you in person.
- The art of grateful acceptance. Sometimes it’s not about how you make others feel, but also allowing them to make you feel good as well. Accept gifts and compliments graciously and you will honor the person giving them to you.
- Carve a turkey. And a moment for yourself. Celebrate traditions, but don’t lose yourself in them. Make sure to take a minute or two as often as needed to soak it all in.
- Start a gratitude journal. Don’t wait until New Year’s Day. Make this holiday season the start of a daily gratitude journal and include your family in filling its pages. Take a moment each day to list what you appreciated most, be it silly (matching socks!) or profound (your son’s bear hugs).
- Give back. This is more about “paying it forward” than “evening the score.” If you benefitted from the wisdom of another mother or the kindness of a stranger, keep sharing the gift of kindness with others. Be the smile. Be the change.
Whether you celebrate a clean kitchen or the muddy footprints that lead up to it, honor the moments that make up a grateful life. We will be right there with you.
What are you grateful for at this very moment?