Easy Ways To Give Thanks (And Not Just At Thanksgiving)
In case you missed all the turkey and pumpkin pie-themed Pinterest boards, a little thing called Thanksgiving happened this week. (And there’s some sale happening today too, not sure if you’ve heard.)
Whilst I’m sure we definitely don’t need another day of overeating, shopping and stressful gift giving – I can’t help but feel that we’re missing out by not celebrating Thanksgiving over here. Because wouldn’t it be lovely to have a whole day focused on feeling grateful? Or a week. Or a month?
Wouldn’t you feel happier, and less stressed if you took a minute to show the people in your life how much you appreciate them? (You totally would.) Because we’re all busy, but we’re not that busy.
If you’re nodding your head and thinking that yeah, you probably could make someone else’s day without expelling too much effort, you’re right. And showing your gratitude can be super cheap and super easy too. Here are some big and small ways to give thanks this month (even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving):
1. Say thank you to all the obvious people. Your parents, your best friends, your partner – it could be as simple as a text or a hug, or as extravagant as sending a bunch of flowers or a personalised gift. Just make sure they know that you appreciate them in whatever way you can.
2. Think about all the other people who’ve helped you out this year. The work colleague who covered your day off, that friend who always takes your call in the middle of the night. Take a minute to say thanks for being there.
3. Retweet your favourite blogger. Tell them how much they inspire you.
4. And then write a letter or email to the clever person who wrote your favourite book/film/song. Be emphatic about how it changed your life.
5. Reach out to that person you’ve lost touch with. We all have someone in our lives we feel guilty about not keeping in contact with as much as we should, it could be a grandparent, an old friend, an ex-colleague you say you’ll catch up with in the new year but never do. Bite the bullet and make the call or pen the letter you know you need to. You’ll feel so much lighter.
6. Bring cakes into work for no reason at all. Monday is so much better when there’s chocolate icing involved.
7. Promote your friends and play matchmaker. Shout about your friend’s show, her new blog post or how proud you are of your cousin’s business. Have a friend who’s a graphic designer? Know another friend looking for new branding? Put them in touch.
8. Don’t write the complaint letter – take to social media to praise a company with great customer service instead. Tell them how helpful, or cheerful or patient their staff were and how they made you smile.
9. Write a glowing TripAdvisor review for your favourite restaurant or hotel. They’ll love you for it.
10. Create an awesome Spotify playlist of happy songs. Share it recklessly with people you want to dance with.
11. Give other people credit. Isn’t it so welcome when someone takes the time to tell your boss, or your peers what a fantastic job you’ve done? Be that person and start singing someone else’s praises.
12. Buy some gorgeous Thank You notes – send as and when you need (you’ll be glad of these come Boxing Day).
13. Give where you can. It doesn’t take a lot to realise just how much you have to be grateful for. And how much others don’t have. I’m not suggesting giving away all of your things, or donating a fortune to charity, but make a conscious effort to think more charitably this weekend. Could you donate your unwanted clothes to charity? Or give a blanket and warm drink to the homeless people on your street? Could you set up a food bank collection at work and drop off a box or two before Christmas? It doesn’t have to be huge, but it could make a big difference.
14. And finally, try and be a bit kinder to yourself and everyone else – quick tips for that here.