Giving Thanks Purposefully

This time of year is the season to reflect on what we are most grateful for, and our team has almost too many blessings to count. It is an ongoing pleasure to serve our family, friends, and community.

Here are some ideas to help us remember that the holiday is about more than a table of delicious food, football, and parades; it’s a day to purposefully give thanks and appreciate everything we have.

Try these tips to be purposefully grateful every day:
1. Appreciate the little things.
Focus your attention on what nurtures and sustains you in life; on everything that brings you even the smallest amount of pleasure.

2. Look on the bright side.
Look for ways to be grateful when faced with challenges. Gratitude changes your mindset and helps you become more optimistic. Optimists see challenges as opportunities for growth and improvement.

3. Slow down your life.
Savor moments and get the most out of positive emotions by:

  • Keeping a meaningful souvenir of the experience to help yourself recall the memory later on
  • Entering into the experience with all your senses
  • Keeping an eye on details

4. Volunteer
Helping others can create feelings of well-being and happiness. Volunteer in your local community or help others you know who may be facing difficult times. Seek opportunities to give.

5. Show appreciation to others.
In addition to saying “thank you” and letting people know how much you appreciate them, write a note to someone who has had an impact on your life and let them know how much they mean to you.

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