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Published on November 26th, 2011 | by thevyne


Giving Thanks All Year Long

Giving Thanks Should Not Only Be for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when we spend time with our family and give thanks for all of the many blessings we have. But even though Thanksgiving was only a couple days ago, many of us are already thinking about what we need to do for work, how we’re going to get all of our holiday shopping done, and how much we need to get done before the end of the year. As busy people, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily rigmarole and forget the many simple blessings that occur in our lives each and every day.

Instead of confining our thankfulness to one day a year, why not incorporate being grateful into our everyday lives? Having an “attitude for gratitude” will not only make us happier, but also healthier (read Ocean Robbins’ article on why gratitude makes us healthier)! Here are just a few tips to help you practice gratitude all year long.

1)  Keep a gratitude journal – Every day, write down 3-5 things you are grateful for, big or small. The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude is a good one that also has inspirational quotes throughout.

2) When the going gets tough, have gratitude – Try to look for a silver lining when life seems to give you grief. If you lost your job, don’t think about how awful it is, think about the opportunities to do something you love even more. Remember, when one door closes, another one opens. This attitude can also inspire others to adopt the same outlook in life.

3) Sincerely tell others how thankful you are – Did you know that married couples who practice five positive expressions for every one negative one have a significantly higher chance of living “happily ever after”? Show your appreciation for others and strengthen your relationships by telling your loved ones and even strangers how much you appreciate all they do.

4) Share the gift of gratitude with others – For families: start a tradition with your family by putting a chalkboard or bulletin board where everyone can capture the things they are thankful for. Do you lead a team? Build a culture within the group where people encourage, thank and acknowledge others for the work they do.

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