Thanksgiving is a time to take a moment and show gratitude to the people in your life you love and care about. It’s a time to say thank you to friends, family, and colleagues for their support. It’s a time simply to remind yourself that practicing self-gratitude and appreciating who you are and everything that is around you is just as important as expressing it to others.
During the upcoming holiday season, it is important to remember that every relationship you have is one that teaches you something about yourself or about life. Be mindful of what you have achieved, what you have endured, and what you have overcome because every one of these factors makes you exactly who you are meant to be. Your experiences can teach others, help others to heal and grow, and provide a sense of community and belonging.
So, as the holidays approach, take a minute to learn something about who you are, to set a new boundary, to forgive, to practice self-care, to be gentle on yourself, and to let those around you know how much they mean to you.
The following are a few ideas to help you show your gratitude to the people in your life that love you, support you, challenge, and teach you.
- Write a letter of appreciation to a family member, friend, or co-worker with specific examples of how they have made a difference in your life and what you value about them.
- Do something for someone you know they don’t enjoy doing, like yard work, dishes (especially after a Thanksgiving meal), or grocery shopping.
- Don’t be afraid to compliment someone on their strengths and talents, even if you do not know each other, the sentiment will mean so much to them.
- During this chilly time of year, buy a cup of coffee for someone who works outside or works long shifts.
- Let someone who has changed your life know how they have taught you to see things differently and how grateful you are for that.
- Practice a little extra patience
- Offer to do a task for a co-worker
- Ask someone about their life and their experiences
- I know this may sound insane, but say please and thank you, hold a door open for a stranger, or allow someone to go in front of you in a line at a store or on your drive to work.
- Gratitude can spread, so share yours on social media; write a complimentary review about a service you’ve recently received or compliment a client.
- Call a friend or family member (yes, I said call not text) and ask them how they are doing and genuinely listen.
- Find a way to give someone like a spouse a little extra time to themselves.
- Donate something you no longer need to a charity and maybe ask some friends and family to join in as well.
- Take a minute every day to live in the moment, to be mindful, and to remind yourself that you have so many incredible gifts to share with all those around you!
- Lastly, please know that there is nothing wrong or selfish with taking a moment to reflect on the difficulties you have overcome, the accomplishments you have achieved (even the smallest ones) and celebrate all the weirdness and uniqueness that makes you the amazing human being you are!