How to Show Meaningful Appreciation on Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving, Daily Life Family!
If you’re not quite looking forward to Thanksgiving yet, we hope to reshape your perspective around this day of gratitude. We know that some of the reasons Thanksgiving is celebrated are very controversial and personally, I find it disrespects Native Americans. If you’re like me and want to be grateful for the good things in life, there’s no time like now to encourage other people to do the same, especially when everyone is saying thanks. We can go through the motions of a holiday and not really get in touch with anything deeper within ourselves.
Let’s be a beacon of inspiration when we get the opportunity to gather with friends and family by showing our appreciation for them, for the ways in which they have taught us things and the ways in which they have shown up in ways that have allowed you to grow. Giving thanks doesn’t have to be only to your closest friends, it can be to people who do small and large things through gestures, words or inspiration.
Here are 10 Ways You Can Show Authentic Appreciation on Thanksgiving:
- I hate to state the obvious here, but actually thanking someone for something specific they’ve done for you in the last year is a good start. Make a list of ten people you want to thank, what you want to thank them for, and then call them, write them a letter or post a shout-out on social media, or find time to give them a big hug to show you noticed their selflessness. Hey, in a greedy world, showing people you saw their act of kindness really inspires people to keep their heart open, you know?
- If you’re musically inclined or would enjoy trying on your creative hat, write someone a song and either record it and send them a video, or play it for them live. If you have a fear of singing you could get someone else to sing it for you or even just read it as a poem with epic music playing in the background for effect (trust me, Spotify has ome incredible ‘epic music’ playlists!).
- Bring humour to the ones you love by sharing jokes, your favourite stand-up comedy special on Netflix, or even a movie you’ve discovered that you know would get them roaring or at least chuckling. Regardless of your political beliefs, religious affiliation, or age, laughter is a universal language that can break down barriers. Showing appreciation by seeing the lighter side of things is a gift in itself. When I’m visiting family I know I can get frustrated with, I set my intention beforehand to be goofy and it sets my mood on a positive trajectory. Arm yourself with humour and avoid being an energetic anchor for fun.
- Cook someone’s favourite dish or bake them something sweet. Most people just don’t have time to whip up those special dishes for themselves during the week. Make it a surprise, and maybe add a note of thanks for what you appreciate about who they are as a person and how they show up in life. We have tons of easy, uniquely delicious, and healthy recipes right here.
- Take someone to a place you feel would inspire them and give them some time to talk about their life, dreams, and how everything is really going. Spending Quality Time by just listening to someone can be the greatest way to show you appreciate them because they may not have anyone who asks them how they are doing and what’s going on inside. Having an intimate conversation where they feel safe, loved and heard can be a great way to help them know their love for you is reciprocated.
- Promote a local artist or business that you support on social media. Sometimes our mentors are people we’ve never met who contribute positively in some way in our lives. Try sending an artist an email, a message on social media, or post to promote their creative work.
- Is there someone you don’t know well that you see often and has helped you in your work or daily life? Maybe the cashier at the grocery store you see every week, or the barista at the coffee shop you go to every morning? Bring them flowers or write a sweet note to make their day. Think of all the services we use throughout our year that often go unnoticed. When was the last time you thanked your garbage collectors? What unsuspecting person can you show gratitude for?
- Challenge yourself: is there someone you’ve been at odds with this year that you can take the higher road with and thank? Maybe the way they show love or live their life is completely different from you. How have they helped you be more tolerant or learn about yourself this year? Find a way to thank someone that might be hard to thank and you’ll find it opens your heart to see them in a new light.
- Social media can be a great way to share your appreciation. Dig up a photo of you and someone you want to thank or a bunch of them and share your gratitude for this person with a thoughtful post about how much they mean to you. Kindness is contagious and sharing love like this encourages others to do the same. Every time you thank someone it helps bring more love into the world and uplifts the spirit of the person on the receiving end. It’s a great way to shift energy if you’re feeling blah about things.
- Finally, appreciate how far you have come in the last year. Make a list of your accomplishments and the ways you’ve grown this year. List ten things that you want to celebrate and give yourself something as a token of self-love, whether it’s flowers, your favourite food, or booking a massage. How can you show yourself appreciation? Can you meditate and thank your soul for supporting you in your dark night of the soul in the last year? Can you thank your inner guidance for helping you make a tough decision? That relationship you keep with your soul is the most important one you’ve got to show some love, brothers and sisters!
Let’s turn up the love and allow this first holiday to build steady momentum into the others so we are able to look forward to every encounter we have other the next few months. Remember, happiness is not about what you get, it’s about what you give. Open your heart and give this holiday.
We at Daily Life are grateful for you, for being with us as we launched this website this past year. We appreciate you taking your time to read our words. We wish you a great Thanksgiving and hope that you will continue to take us alongside you on your wellness journey.
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