Gratitude and Grateful Gestures on Thanksgiving

Whether you’re ready for it or not, the start of the holiday season is here!  Of course, we kick off with Thanksgiving in just a couple of days, and many of us are looking forward to taking a pause to do a number of things: eat heartily, watch television, and enjoy some down time!  Of course, this may be the case for just some of us.  For others, we might take a pause to recognize our loved ones, whether they be near or far, or whether they are no longer with us.  For even some others, having a quiet day and going for a walk and connecting with nature can feel great.  Around this time of the year, many people begin pondering the meaning of being grateful, and wondering how to display gratitude.  What rings true for you?  

In the most basic sense of the word, Thanksgiving is emblematic of “giving thanks,” which is a common takeaway of the theme of this holiday.  Moving ourselves towards a space in which to show gratitude and to feel grateful can be either an easy or a challenging task.  Here are three points to help you get into the spirit:

Step 1:  Create a list of what you’re thankful for:  Read it out loud to activate your senses to truly experience appreciation for what you have.  Taking the time to acknowledge what you love and value can be helpful in tapping into what you have to give, as well as what you’re open to receiving.  

Step 2:  Give thanks for what you have:  Gratitude is all about appreciating what you have, as opposed to focusing on what you don’t have.  Take some time to honor what you’re thankful for, and be sure to let others know how much you value their presence in your life.  This can help you recognize the good fortunes you do have, no matter how big or small.  

Step 3:  Make time for others:  Many people like to channel their sense of gratitude into ways to help others.  Maybe you want to spend time engaging in volunteer work or mentoring this holiday season.  Putting your energy towards lending a helping hand can be a wonderful way to experience the holidays.

The experience of Thanksgiving has many different messages and meanings in our culture, and we all harbor different feelings about what it represents. How do you display gratitude?  What are you grateful for at this time in your life?  Please share your thoughts, or message me directly at  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!

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