Once a year we are all gathered around a table to give thanks for our many blessings throughout the year. I don’t mean to be a negative Nancy, but often times I find this holiday a little…. strange. Maybe it was because while I was growing up, every day we gave genuine thanks for our blessings. It was always weird to me how there was a day dedicated to being thankful. I understand there is some history, but unless you’re under the age of 13, you understand how destructive the Pilgrims were to the Native Americans…. So while I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones, I think it’s important we remember to stay thankful throughout the year. Often times once the turkey has settled, we go back to our regular lives and begin to take things for granted, myself included. We forget about our blessings and our gratitude flies right out the window. The fact that you are able to read this blog post means you have a lot to be thankful for…. We have computers, a roof over our heads, food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, and time to read. It’s fascinating how desensitized we are to the horrors of the rest of the world that we fail to be humble and thankful daily.
Here are some ways I remember to remain thankful throughout the year
- Thank you cards – When was the last time you wrote a thank you card and sent it via snail mail? Did you simply text someone “Thanks!” instead? Most of us do. It’s okay. However, writing thank you cards are much more meaningful and shows a greater appreciation for whatever the person did than a simple text. Send everyone thank you card who attended your birthday dinner. Send a thank you card to the neighbor who helped you watch your house while you were on vacation. Send a thank you card to that co-worker who wrote a nice recommendation letter for you.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. – James Allen
- Keep a journal – One great way to remember all the things you have to be thankful for is to jot them down in a journal. I personally list 3 positive things I that happened during my day before I go to sleep. If I’m stressing about life, it is a great reminder that “Hey, I had money to go buy that really yummy latte.” or “That patient this morning was really sweet. I’m glad I have my health.” This helps you put your life in perspective and makes you appreciate the little things. Sometimes when nothing huge happened, I will write something like “I wore my favorite shirt to work today.”
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward
- Tell someone you are thankful for them – If someone has done something amazing or has been a vital part of your life, tell them. Thank them for being the shoulder you can cry on. Thank them for listening to your rant about lettuce going up in price. Have you thanked your best friend lately for being your best friend and putting up with all your antics? Have you thanked your spouse for drying those dishes two weeks ago?
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
- Give, give, give – If you are in a position, give. Donate that dress you only wore once. Give the person on the corner your coffee money. Give financial help to an organization you support. Give a hug to someone who is having a bad day. Giving up something makes you aware that you are in a position to give away freely and that is something to be thankful for.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So how do you remain thankful for those other 364 days? Share with us and leave us a comment below!