We have certainly moved into the time of year where families will gather and the hustle and bustle of choosing gifts for our family will be on our minds. Thanksgiving for many is a family gathered around the table, most often in stretchy pants, filling their mouths with the wonderful food the men or women for generations have made for them. Thanksgiving and this time of year truly is the time to be thankful. But how do we do that? For some, it is hard to break out of their shell and express their sincere thanks.
So, I thought today would be a good time to share some tips on how you can express thanks daily, all year around no matter who you are or where you live.
Stop and Look Around.
When you spend just a few seconds thinking about these two questions, it is a simple step to help you along.
-What are two things that I am thankful for in my life?
-Who are two people that I am thankful for in my life?
Try and select different things and people each day.
Express Your Thankfulness.
Showing gratitude is quite a humbling experience for us all. Many people shy away from it because it leaves us open, vulnerable and unsure of what the other person’s response will be. However, I assure you, if you are showcasing that you are thankful for them, they certainly are thankful for you too!
You can show them by simply acts such as, a phone call on your way to or from work, a message left on their car or home door, a simple email, or a card in the mail (people LOVE getting unannounced things in the mail).
Appreciate Yourself, too!
You are important and Valuable too!
Ask yourself, what are two things that I can be thankful for about myself?
Things like: I am a good friend, a good siste, a good mother. I even made it through the day without thinking bad body image thoughts. ALL of these are things to be thankful for within yourself!
Start or End You Day With A Thankful Heart!
Just as you get out of bed, or just before you settle in, make a habit to settle in with a thankful heart. Truly use this exercise as a tool to promote self-awareness, lower your stress and anxiety, and just be grateful.
Try these tiny commitments that cost nothing and watch the enhancements in your life grow. Sometimes all people need to hear is a “thank-you”.