The past two years have been challenging for most of us. We were faced with uncertainty as the
Coronavirus pandemic raged, and our holiday seasons were filled with tough choices and
dynamic family changes. As we approach another holiday season this year, we’re reminded to
be thankful for what we have, especially as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Yet, we’re also taught
how to be grateful and appreciate the more minor things in life.
Thanksgiving, it’s in the name. It’s a time where we spend time with our loved ones and give
thanks for everything we have in our lives. However, being thankful is not all you should be on
this heartwarming holiday. Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to learn
about gratitude and practice it throughout this season. In this post, I will discuss how to practice gratitude on Thanksgiving and why it’s crucial.
GRATITUDE VS THANKFULNESS
A lot of us use the words gratitude and thankful interchangeably and with good reason. The
definitions of these two words are very similar and might mean the same thing to some. But,
before we go into the different ways you can practice gratitude this Thanksgiving, we first need
to understand the difference between gratitude and thankfulness.
Gratitude is a noun that describes the act of showing or feeling appreciation or kindness for
something done or received. For example, we can express gratitude for someone who held the
door open for us by saying thank you or giving them money. With gratitude, you take the time to
appreciate everything you take for granted, like having a home-cooked meal or going to school
Thankfulness, on the other hand, is different. Thankful is an adjective that describes someone
who feels relieved or pleased. You can feel thankful for almost anything, including when you
receive something. However, you cannot feel grateful. You can be grateful.
Now that you understand the difference between gratitude and thankfulness let’s talk about the
5 ways you can practice gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Write In A Gratitude Journal
Writing in a gratitude journal is one of my favorite ways to express gratitude. A gratitude journal
is a journal dedicated to everything you’re thankful for. Some people use guided prompts or
write freely. Maintaining a gratitude journal is simple and doesn’t require a lot of hard work. All
you need is a pen, notebook, and a scheduled time for when you want to jot down these
Focus On The Little Moments
Do you ever feel like life is rushing past you? Me too. Sometimes, when your schedule becomes
hectic with school, work, and life situations, we forget to slow down and take in the smaller
moments life offers. So if you want to learn how to be more grateful this Thanksgiving season,
this is definitely a great place to start. It’s important to find joy in the simple moments.
Create A Gratitude Jar
Gratitude jars are great for keeping track of everything you’re grateful for throughout the year
and as a pick-me-up. You can create a basic gratitude jar using a mason jar or shoebox and
then start adding everything you’re grateful for on a small piece of paper. Then, whenever you
feel down, you can read one of these slips into the jar or box.
Pray or Meditate
Many people find prayer and meditation to be excellent sources for practicing gratitude. Taking a few moments out of your day to acknowledge the smaller things happening around you can boost your mood and make a significant difference in how your days go.
Send Thank You Notes
If you forgot to say thanks for something someone gave you or did this year, then a handwritten
thank you note is perfect for expressing that gratitude. Plus, it can be just as meaningful as
saying it in person.
Why Is Gratitude Important?
Practicing gratitude allows us to show our appreciation for the more minor things in life and the
things we receive from others. It’s important to practice gratitude because it helps to calm the
mind and the soul. In addition, many health benefits come with practicing daily gratitude, such
as improving your physical well-being, decreasing stress, lowering chances of suffering from
mental health illnesses, and boosting your spiritual and mental strength.
There are many ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life? Which one is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments.
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14 thoughts on “How to Practice Gratitude This Thanksgiving – Guest Post By Riyah Speaks”
I have a gratitude journal and my daughter has a gratitude/happiness jar – as you say, focusing on the little things and moments really does make a difference 🙂
Getting a thank you note from someone is so nice. I was raised to ALWAYS send thank you notes so I do that anytime someone gets me something.
Its good to dwell and and remember the positive things in life. Its good to stop and think about good memories. Its better then thinking about negative things and memories.
It has been the hardest year of my life and gratitude is helping me a lot in my recovery journey. I’m grateful for my life every day since I was ‘reborn’ a year ago, since then every day is a miracle. Happy Thanksgiving! @Journeyofsmiley
Gratitude is so vital and I love that you have shared this post. I have a gratitude journal which I love updating, it’s a good tool and I often send friends and family random appreciation texts whilst reading through mine.
A gratitude jar sounds like great fun, I’ve never heard of one before.
We don’t do ThanksGiving as a holiday. Wrong country. But I think that people should be aware of the flow of gratitude in their everyday lives. Its so important to celebrate that.
These are great ways to stay grounded during the holidays.
Thank you Susan for sharing your thoughts. Gratitude during Thanksgiving brings a sense of sincere thankfulness. I appreciate you taking moments to read my blog.
This was quite enlightening, I’ve never actually thought of the difference between being thankful and being grateful. Thanks for the tips!
Thank you for taking moments with me and sharing your thoughts. It is so important that we remain thankful and grateful not only during the holidays but honestly everyday.
Amazing guest post. These are great things and I always practice gratitude. I would love to create a journal.
I am so glad that you were encouraged with this guestpost by Riyah A gratitude journal would be so wonderful. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.