Do you feel like you could show a bit of extra gratitude for the good things in your life? Well, on November 21 you’ll have a chance to do just that during World Gratitude Day. This holiday aims to encourage people to show more gratitude for the people and things they have in their lives, from that supportive group of friends to the place you call home.
Here are a few ways to practice gratitude and even show yourself some extra love this World Gratitude Day.
–Tell your family members how much you care. Family is a complex thing, so whether your family consists of the traditional parents and siblings, a furry companion or a group of friends who have become like family, make sure to tell them how much they mean to you.
–Be thankful for the journey you’re on. Many times, we become consumed with where we want to be and forget to be thankful for where we are. Whether you’re hoping for a better job or saving up for a house, stop and pat yourself on the back for how much you’ve accomplished so far.
–Look around at your community. You might think of community as your immediate friends and family, but it can be so much more than that if you stop to appreciate each person in your life. Say hello to the crossing guard on your way to work, strike up a conversation with the regular barista at your coffee shop or even offer your mail carrier a cold drink to strengthen your sense of community.
–Show yourself some grace. What’s something that you love to do, but never have the time for? Maybe it’s a weekly yoga class or a leisurely breakfast at home when you should be running errands. Whatever those enjoyable moments are in your life, make time for them each week — you deserve it!
–Support a cause close to you. If you’re thankful for your health, your home, your job or the food on your table, pause to think about those who aren’t lucky enough to have those things. Show them some support through a monetary donation or by volunteering your time this World Gratitude Day.