Thanksgiving is right around the corner so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about ways you can really kick-off the holiday season this year. Given its name, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all you have. Below is a list of creative ways you can show your thanks this holiday season.
1. Write handwritten thank you cards
Write out handwritten letters to people all around you. This is almost a lost art form. People love feeling special and one way you can do this is by writing cards and letting them know why you are thankful for them. Write them for your family members, co-workers, friends, hairdresser, acupuncturist or anyone in your life that you are thankful for. Want to go outside of your comfort zone? Why not write a thank you letter to someone who doesn’t realize that they’ve impacted you. Write a letter to your neighbor that always checks in on you or to the same cashier at Publix that you see.
2. Post your gratitude on social media
Social media can be used for good and bad. Why not use it for the good this week by honoring those you are grateful for in your life? Post their picture and why you are grateful for them. Tag them in a picture about gratitude. Write on their wall all you appreciate about them. Start a movement on social media, #thankyouforbeingafriend, #thanksgiving2015, #gratitudeforyou.
3. Create a gratitude list in your journal
This is a tried and true method for counting your blessing. Write down ten things you are thankful for today. Keeping up with this list everyday will help you shift into truly being in gratitude for everything in your life.
4. Do a random act of kindness for someone
It’s time to pay it forward. Buy someone a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Help a little, old lady walk across the street. Hold the door open for people at the mall. Help your mom clean the house for the holidays. Offer to babysit your niece or nephew. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, but do something.
5. Give a donation to your favorite charity
Pick your favorite charity and make a donation, any donation. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they did this year. Charities don’t mind small donations and they certainly don’t mind large ones. Want to go a step further? Make the donation in honor of someone you are thankful for this year.
Thank you to all of the readers of my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
Amanda Landry, LMHC, CAP decided to become a therapist while attending Nova Southeastern University. She saw the need to help people achieve the life they wanted to live, while creating a life of her own. She completed her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started a career in the juvenile justice arena. Since then, she has started a private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida, specializing in depression, anxiety relationship issues, and substance abuse. Amanda is a believer in holistic treatment and she practices veganism, meditation and yoga in her life. Find out more about her practice here. For a free 15-minute consultation, call or text Amanda at 954-378-5381 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.