So Many Ways to Give Thanks… and a Thanksgiving Planner
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily rush of life and to forget to give thanks to those around us. As a professional organizer, mother, wife and a person with many interests, I know how easy it is to get busy and to forget to stop and acknowledge the ones that help us immensely.
I also find that the people who are the closest to us, who help us with the little things of daily life are often the ones we least recognize, and because I believe in expressing my gratitude to those around me and in my life, I make it a point to show how grateful I am for their help and support.
There are so many simple, kind and caring ways to show you care.
One thing to consider is: do you wait until Thanksgiving Day or Christmas to thank those that you love and those that have helped you?
It is important to spend time during these special holidays to be thankful and a little ritual I have is to write a thank you letter to Life for all the amazing people I have in my life, for all the experiences I have been through and for our health and beautiful life.
There are some great reasons to thank people throughout the year and not just during the holiday season, but if daily life got you so busy that you didn’t really stop to say thank you, now will be a wonderful time to do so.
You should have no problem thinking of ones to thank on a daily or weekly basis. If you need some ideas, here are some to get you thinking:
- Family and friends that have done something for you (including being your friend)
- The person that delivers your mail and newspaper
- The crew that collects your trash and recycling
- The people that clean your home – in case you hire this service – or tends to your yard
- Teachers, teacher aides, and school staff
- Church staff, teachers, and helpers
- Business co-workers and clients
- Community workers (including police, firefighters, and government workers)
- Medical professionals looking after your family’s health
What are some ways to thank those that have made a difference in your life? Try one of these ways or be creative with your own heartfelt method:
- Send a handwritten note or letter that expresses your thankfulness.
- Tell the person face-to-face how grateful you are for them being in your life.
- Provide a simple gift to the person.
- Help the other person in a way that benefits him or her.
- Send your clients a thank you note every time you have the privilege of being of service to them.
Giving thanks doesn’t just benefit the other person. You will receive benefits from doing it as well. You will begin to feel happier and more relaxed. In fact, it has been proven in studies that being grateful can have a positive effect on your health. It can reduce your stress and boost your immune system.
Why wouldn’t you look for every opportunity to show your thankfulness to others? This is a wonderful time of the year to give thanks, but I invite you to practice it on a regular basis and give thanks throughout the year.
Thanks to all my readers, clients and wonderful colleagues for all you have given and taught me.
I wish you a wonderful, loving and bountiful Thanksgiving and may your rituals to give thanks to those around you open your heart and fulfill your life with joy!
This is a beautiful reminder to express thanks and gratitude on a regular basis. There are so many people that bring love, support and light to our lives. Why keep it a secret? Let those we care about know it through our words and actions. And on that note…I am thankful for you, Helena. You are a generous, intelligent, and compassionate. I am lucky to know you and thrilled that we had a chance to meet in person while in Baltimore.
Thank you Linda for your words and for your kindness. I couldn’t have asked for a greater gift than the friendship of wise, smart, fun and generous women when I became an organizer! I am truly grateful for having met you and for the opportunity to learn so much from you. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful list of ways to express gratitude to people in our lives – those close to us as well as those who help us on a regular basis that we sometimes take for granted. Love the pics too! Thank you for sharing this with us as a gentle reminder.