Take time to really give thanks this week

John designed these thank you postcards for us to give away at Burning Man in 2012. It was beautiful spending hours providing pens and stamps to people, inviting them to share their thanks with people in their lives.

John designed these thank you postcards for us to give away at Burning Man in 2012. It was beautiful spending hours providing pens and stamps to people, inviting them to share their thanks with people in their lives.

I’ve been seeing several people sharing daily posts about gratitude on Facebook this month, in honor of Thanksgiving.

It warms my heart to see friends not just giving 90 seconds of lip service to gratitude before eating entirely too much turkey and stuffing, but really cultivating a habit of noticing all the blessings in their lives.

For a few years, I did a blog series I called Month of Thanksgiving. The first year, I wrote daily about how and why to be thankfully, then the second year I turned it into more of a gratitude journal, giving thanks for specific things and people that made my life better.

To get you in the mood for Thanksgiving, here’s a recap of some of my favorite Month of Thanksgiving posts:

Ways become more grateful. One of the most common ideas I run across is keeping a gratitude journal, writing down a few things you’re grateful for every day.

Overcoming the obstacles to gratitude. We all have frustrations, regrets, people who’ve hurt us, things we wish we had or things we wish were better. If you’re feeling any of these things, try to convert them to gratitude:

Need ideas about what to give thanks for?

  • If you put most people on the spot and ask them what they’re grateful for can come up with some of the basics: health, a safe home, enough to eat. Just because they’re cliche doesn’t mean we should take these for granted. I gave thanks for my husband, my family and my friends.
  • How about simple pleasures like sleeping in late on weekends, the smell of autumn leaves, hot coffee waiting when you wake up? What little things put a smile on your face?

How can you show your gratitude? If you’re getting into the habit of doing a gratitude journal, you might want to express your thanks beyond just writing it down as a personal exercise.You could:

Give Thanksgiving a real focus on giving thanks. You can find loads of Thanksgiving-themed gratitude projects for kids online. But I think these sorts of participatory thankfulness projects are great even for a room full of adults.

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