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How to Show Meaningful Appreciation on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time of year for many people all across the United States, Canada, and parts of the Caribbean Islands and Liberia. Originally, it began as a day for giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest back in the 1600’s. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year and, as the name suggests, it is a time to really reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives.

Thanksgiving is such a special time of year. Not only is Thanksgiving a wonderful time to spend with friends and family while enjoying a delicious meal, it also provides us with the opportunity to think about everyone and everything that make our lives that little bit happier, easier, more exciting or fulfilling.

Naturally, we can do this by spending quality time with loved ones and enjoying fantastic food, but how else can we show appreciation this Thanksgiving?

Sending Special Gifts in the Post

Sadly, not everyone gets the chance to spend time with their loved ones during Thanksgiving – other commitments, living in different states or countries or any other obstacle can prevent people from spending this valuable time together. That’s why sending something special in the post to your loved one can be such a meaningful gesture and let friends and family know you appreciate them.

Flowers are a wonderful centerpiece to send as a bouquet can brighten up their homes and serve as a reminder of you. Other gifts such as a photo of yourself, or a photo of you all, can also be a lovely way to show appreciation, as can a hamper or even crystal jewelry!

Handwritten Letters & Notes

These can be presented to loved ones you spend Thanksgiving with and those you are unable to see for this special occasion. Imagine how your other half will feel waking up to a letter on their pillow from you, letting them know how much they mean to you?

Imagine how your friend in another state will feel receiving a note from you, reminding them of how important they are to you? These little gestures can make the world of difference to people’s lives and help spread wonderful positive energy all around.

Kind Gestures

Whether it’s packing lunch for your other half, or paying for the petrol next time you and your best friend go out together, or offering to make a cup of tea for someone dear to you, these gestures of kindness are a great way to show your appreciation this Thanksgiving. They may be small acts of kindness, but for the one at the receiving end, they can build happy memories for the future.

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Be Present

Life is filled with challenges and hiccups; some lead fast-paced, hectic lives and others may lead slower, less dynamic lives, but no one has a perfect, easy life. What helps ease our struggles is not an easy life itself, but people and aspects in our lives that help carry our burdens with us. Particularly for those whose lives go at a hectic pace, showing meaningful appreciation can be easy to forget – sometimes, it’s as if there simply isn’t time to be appreciative.

It’s important to spend time with those that we love and simply give an evening of our time to show how grateful we are. Have a conversation, actively listen, and ask how someone has been, that’s all it takes.

Thanksgiving Rituals

Once you’ve enjoyed the companionship, fun, and food it’s important to show some appreciation towards yourself. Get some candles it’s time for some self-gratitude!

This Thanksgiving in 2019 falls on the 28th of November, just a couple of days after the November New Moon. New Moons are traditionally associated with manifesting new beginnings into your life. As you burn some incense, light a few candles, run a bath, and give thanks for everything you have. Meditate and set an intention for new beginnings.

This can pave the way for gratitude and appreciation for the next Thanksgiving! These small acts of kindness towards yourself can build happy memories for the future.


Thanksgiving is a time for appreciation, gratitude, friends, family, and fun. It provides us with the opportunity to appreciate what we have and give thanks for the joy and abundance we have in our lives, no matter how little or large these may be.

During this time, we are able to pause and reflect; this is precious during the fast-paced world we live in today. This Thanksgiving, enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones and letting them know how much they mean to you; they will surely appreciate it!

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Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry

Trusting her intuition has brought Shannon a wealth of gifts and she brings this wisdom to Daily Life … daily! Instead of following the "norms" of career development, Shannon followed her gut. It's led her to some extraordinary places and experiences as a healer, clairvoyant, metaphysical teacher and Kundalini yoga instructor.... Read More

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