How to Step up your Gratitude Practice Around the Holidays

November 15, 2017

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of you may be starting to shop and prepare for this food-filled holiday. Thanksgiving is a great time to bring together friends and family and express gratitude around a beautifully prepared meal.


Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Expressing gratitude may help alleviate stress, improve relationships, and enhance sleep!


Here are some ways you can convey gratitude around the holiday season:


1. Start a gratitude journal. Try writing down 3-5 things you are grateful for at the end of the week or maybe at the end of each day. Kids can participate by making drawings of what they are grateful for!


2. Make a box or a jar your “gratitude box”. When something happens that you are grateful for, write it down and place it in the box. At the end of the week, take some time to read and reflect on what you are grateful for.


3. Before starting in on Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table and tell everyone 3 things you are grateful for this year.


4. Write a letter or an email to someone whom you are grateful for. Be detailed and express why this person is important to have in your life.


5. Meditate. Visualize all the things in your life that you are grateful for. Breathe in, breathe out. Remember this doesn’t need to be hours long, simply taking minutes is great! 


Do you have any other ways you express gratitude? We would love to hear from you!