In my first-grade classroom every year we discuss gratitude for the month of November. I enjoy teaching students what gratitude and thankfulness mean and how they can express it. Every year I find that most students have a hard time figuring out what they are thankful for, or they are only thankful for material objects. After a lot of discussion and reflection, their list grows to include their parents, siblings, and friends.
As adults, we should show it throughout the year, but it always seems we get overwhelmed and end up forgetting or overlooking important aspects of our lives. So, it is always good to reset in November and go back to the basics of showing gratitude.
For some people, myself included, it is hard to display emotions and feelings. Showing gratitude to others is not always about making grand gestures but should be something that makes you reflect on the kindness shown to you and make others feel appreciated.
Here are 5 tips to help show your gratitude in simple, yet effective ways.
You don’t have to give anything big, something small and thoughtful can make a big impact. It is the idea that you were thinking of that person that matters the most.
2.Write a Note
This is one of my favorites! I enjoy writing little notes of gratitude and leaving them as a surprise. It always makes that person smile!
One of my most favorite memories is from a comment someone made to me in middle school. I remember a classmate asking me why I always had a smile on my face. Looking back at the memory, I always think of how my smile must have impacted that person for them to say that to me. It just goes to show that no matter the age of those around you a simple smile can mean so much!
Sometimes showing gratitude is listening to others. It is always great when others are willing to listen to you, but be sure to return the favor and listen to others when they need you.
5.Give a Compliment
Giving a compliment is a great way to make someone’s day. You can give a compliment on anything from a nice outfit to a job well done.
As you take a break from the hustle and bustle of your regular routine to celebrate this Thanksgiving, take some time and reflect on what you’re thankful for. Try using one of these tips to express your gratitude to the most important people in your life. Not only will you bring joy to others but you will also realize just how blessed you truly are. Happy Holidays!