Simple Yet Impactful Ways to Give Thanks
Even though I am not a fan of cold weather, November ranks among my favorite months of the year because of the focus we place on giving thanks. In the first half of the month, we honor and express our gratitude to all of the individuals who have served in the United States military on November 11th, Veterans Day. In the later portion of November, we shift our focus to giving thanks by spending time with friends and family around the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to those two significant holidays, November is National Family Caregivers month, which is a time to honor the millions of individuals throughout the country who take care of a family member.
The entire month is filled with reminders to give thanks. However, it is easy to get caught up in the daily madness of our own lives and lose sight on the importance of simply saying “thank you.” As you prepare to spend time with your loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, here are a few simple ways to give thanks to both people close to you and complete strangers.
Giving of Your Heart
Teetering on the edge of sounding like my mother, I believe writing a handwritten note is a lost art. Sandi, my mother, always has a stack of blank “Thank You” cards stashed in a drawer ready for her to write a heartfelt note of thanks to someone who impacted her life in a big or small way. Her passion for sending handwritten thank-you cards is something I proudly carry with me today. In fact, there is a stack of cards sitting on my coffee table right now as I prepare to send notes of thanks to a few people.
While you are out gathering your supplies for Thanksgiving, I encourage you to pick up some cards to send out to at least three people who have had an impact on your life. Do you want to take this challenge one step further? Write some letters and cards to be sent to individuals in the military. Check out A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude to learn more.
Giving of Your Time
Time always seems to be something that people claim to have too little of. However, giving of our time can have a tremendous impact on others. There are a variety of ways to give your time ranging from just a few moments to an extended period of time:
- Make the time to call a loved one to say you appreciate them
- Meet a friend for coffee or dinner to catch-up
- Volunteering your time with a group or organization
Giving of Your Treasure
Being totally transparent, I have always had mixed feelings about “Black Friday.” While saving money is always fantastic, it seems like the meaning behind Thanksgiving seems to get lost. In recent years we’ve added other shopping specialty days into the mix including “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” But for me the coolest post-Thanksgiving day surrounding spending money is “Giving Tuesday.”
According to the Giving Tuesday website, the trend of giving back dates back to the 1800s when people came together in New York City, but has become more popular in recent years through the utilization of social media. Giving Tuesday has gained tremendous momentum and has become a global event. Be sure to check out #GivingTuesday and consider giving to a worthwhile non-profit organization such as Eleanore’s Project.
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Posted by: Date: 11/25/2015 9:45:00 AM
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