After we prepare the turkeys, make the stuffing and bake our pies, it’s time to go around the table, give thanks, and count your blessings. We were thinking, why not give thanks throughout the remainder of the year? After all, there is no such thing as being too thankful! Here are a few great ways to express thankfulness.
Say it on Paper
Handwritten notes might be old-school, but taking a little extra time to write out a thank you means so much more than just sending a text! Pick up some blank note cards and write a quick note to those who have helped you throughout the year. A handwritten note goes a long way and shows the recipient you were honestly thinking of them. Another idea is to use these cards as name plates at the dinner table, with a personal note of thanks to that person. And you can always pop them in the mail for a sweet surprise.
Pay It Forward
The best way to brighten someone’s day – pay it forward! Pay for the person in line behind you in the drive-thru, drop a $5 gift card in the mail for your mail person, or surprise your coworker with their favorite pastry. These are little ways to brighten someone’s day, whether you know them or not. Count your blessings and share what you can with the world.
If it were up to us, we’d have a festive tree up all year long! For the season of giving thanks, use your tree or corkboard as a gratitude tree. On each card, or ornament, have a prompt for giving thanks, or an act of service. Show your gratitude all month long, and take the time to reflect on of the great things that happened in 2019.
Make time to give to others and volunteer. You can get the whole family involved and ask them to think of where help is needed. Here are a few ideas: prepare food bags for the homeless, volunteer in a pet shelter, or make cookies to take to a nursing home. By giving some time to help those who need a little extra love this holiday season, you are spreading kindness that will make an impact on the lives of others, and also your family.
Have a wonderful rest of 2019!