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Thinking About Ways to Be Thankful

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder
 

So much these past weeks, people have been reminded what to be thankful for...even if living without power, you hear moms and dads saying they are thankful that their families are safe. Even if your guy in the election lost, you are thankful for the opportunity to vote. Even if you are on Cloud Nine, you remember to be thankful for all that happened and helped you get up to that cloud.

Next week, we will sit down, many of us saying grace or a prayer or just telling why we are thankful to those around us. But how do we show it besides saying it? Yes, paying it forward with donations of old clothes and time helping neighbors in need are all fantastic, but there are ways to remember to be thankful on a daily basis.

-- Keep a log of thanks. On your bedside table, in your purse, doesn't matter where you keep it, but every day, try to write down at least one thing you are thankful for (and yes, it could be just that you made it through the day).

-- Smile your thanks. Just smiling at folks, strangers in line at the pharmacy, the bus driver, the bank teller...a smile is a simple, silent way to spread a "thanks for all you do and for sharing my world" to others.

-- Make it a family ritual. At dinner or bedtime, have everyone say three things they were thankful for that happened that day. A specific thing, an event, having her favorite lunch served up in the cafeteria...all of it counts.

How do you remember to be thankful every day?

ŠiStockphoto.com/ Stacey Newman 


by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (21-30):
Samanthamommy
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

good tip!

Quoting Bob192:

If you are complaining you are not thankful.  So when I find myself complaining, I say that to myself.


Samanthamommy
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Good point

Quoting MichelleK41:

I personally keep in mind all the devastation that has happened in our USA and appreciate what we have.


countrygirlkat
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I pray each night before bed and it is a great time to thank God for so much. 

Stevensmomma
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

with all the natural disasters its been easy to be thankful for every little thing you have for us

jbyrd898
by Jessica on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

what a great idea.

Quoting GwenMB:

We made a Thankful Tree - branches stuck in a quart canning jar (or anything that will hold them) with paper you can write what you are thankful for.  You then stick the paper on the branches as leaves.

My boys have enjoyed telling me what they want me to write on the leaves (they are too young to write it themselves).

Once the tree is full, you could put the leaves on a scrapbook page.  I've been writing who said it with the date on the back of each leaf.

I think that, for Christmas, I'll make "leaves" out of Christmas paper & put a Christmas ribbon around the jar.  And then change to other seasonal paper and ribbon as we go through the year.


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RobynS
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I keep a small journal next to my bed and every night before I go to sleep I write down 5 things I'm thankful for that day. :)

GwenMB
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM


Quoting ReesesPieces:

I have a gratitude journal. I try very hardto write in it every day, but will occasionally miss a day.

I really should be doing this.  I did it for a short time years ago but then got away from it.

ReesesPieces
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM
I started it after a talk I had heard from one of the leaders of my church, and it stuck with me. I wasnever good at journaling, but I could Find at least 1 thing to be thankful for every day.


Quoting GwenMB:


Quoting ReesesPieces:

I have a gratitude journal. I try very hardto write in it every day, but will occasionally miss a day.

I really should be doing this.  I did it for a short time years ago but then got away from it.


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ReesesPieces
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM
I adore this idea!!! I'm stealing it!!!


Quoting GwenMB:

We made a Thankful Tree - branches stuck in a quart canning jar (or anything that will hold them) with paper you can write what you are thankful for.  You then stick the paper on the branches as leaves.

My boys have enjoyed telling me what they want me to write on the leaves (they are too young to write it themselves).

Once the tree is full, you could put the leaves on a scrapbook page.  I've been writing who said it with the date on the back of each leaf.

I think that, for Christmas, I'll make "leaves" out of Christmas paper & put a Christmas ribbon around the jar.  And then change to other seasonal paper and ribbon as we go through the year.


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GwenMB
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I think most people can.  When I did it, I was challenged to find 3 things a day & I was able to do that even though I was at a low point in my life.

Quoting ReesesPieces:

I started it after a talk I had heard from one of the leaders of my church, and it stuck with me. I wasnever good at journaling, but I could Find at least 1 thing to be thankful for every day.


Quoting GwenMB:


Quoting ReesesPieces:

I have a gratitude journal. I try very hardto write in it every day, but will occasionally miss a day.

I really should be doing this.  I did it for a short time years ago but then got away from it.



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