As we prepare for Thanksgiving, a time of year that actively promotes reflecting on the things we are grateful for and expressing gratitude and appreciation, it’s crucial we realize how impactful THANK YOU can be year-round.
Sometimes it seems that it’s only at the Thanksgiving dinner table people talk about the things for which they are grateful.” By adopting an attitude of gratitude every day of the year, we can enhance our happiness and overall sense of well-being. Once you start to feel it, you will want to reach out and help others. By saying the words “thank you” to the person who pours your morning cup of coffee, you are practicing gratitude.
How you can foster gratitude.
When it comes to expressing gratitude, we need to understand that it must be practiced – it’s not innate. A little appreciation goes a long way toward changing someone’s day and fosters a culture of gratitude. Roy Saunderson says, and I agree, “Never neglect to say thank you, no matter what you give.” Thank you is extremely powerful and it’s so simple!
A few simple suggestions as to how you can show gratitude.
This Thanksgiving, while you're enjoying time with friends and family, share these simple ways to show appreciation.
- Express your appreciation to the person who opens a door for you.
- Send a thank-you card to a friend or colleague.
- Put a flower on someone’s desk.
- Buy a cup of coffee or chocolate bar for the person in line behind you.
- Say the words “thank you” often each day as an expression of your gratitude.
Practicing gratitude will make a difference in your life.
So as you prepare for Thanksgiving: embrace life, recognize the bounty, and share it. Remember the profound power of saying thank you every day, not just on Thanksgiving. Start by being grateful for the small gestures and experiences that each day brings us.