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Gratitude: The How & Why

It’s the happiest time of the year! Family, friends, food, love… there are so many great things about the holiday season. And what better way to celebrate them than to show gratitude for all of these wonderful parts of your life?
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Besides making others happy, according to Instructor Chidimma Ozor, showing gratitude relieves stress. She said:

“When I’m stressed, I take a quick moment to get into gratitude. Gratitude is an action word so even verbally recounting or writing down the things for which I’m grateful helps me stop stress in its tracks.”

Recognizing how fortunate you are is also an instant mood booster. Instructor Alexa Maytorena said:

“Between work, the pressure of trying to find the perfect gifts, and at times feeling spread too thin, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are actually pretty lucky. Find time in your day to think about what you are thankful for. Whether it’s your warm bed, or running vehicle, or the hot lunch you just enjoyed; once you get into the habit of practicing gratitude, the easier it is to count your many blessings!

Here are a few ways to show gratitude this holiday season.

Do something little but thoughtful…

like help your mother bake cookies. Better yet, offer to help them with something they don’t enjoy like washing the dishes from dinner or hanging Christmas lights.

Volunteer your time or your resources.

Alexa said, “To help others, you can find local food banks to donate to, collect blankets and warm clothing to give those in need, or even be a Secret Santa to a stranger! By helping those who are less fortunate than we are, we are reminded what the holiday season is all about.”

Give a larger tip than usual to your server.

If they’ve provided really exceptional service, let them know by leaving a generous tip. They’ll appreciate the little extra cash to get presents for their loved ones. If there’s a tip jar, do one even better and leave a thoughtful note to really let them know what you appreciated.

Don’t give a gift they need.

Get them a gift they want (or maybe don’t even know they want). Many people ask for presents that they need, but getting a gift for someone that they really want or deserve is a much better way to show appreciation. Anyone can buy themselves a shampoo and conditioner, but giving them a vintage necklace or a book you know they’ll love really shows how well you know them or how much you know they deserve a nice gift.

Give compliments the moment you’re feeling grateful.

If someone helps you with a task or gives you great advice, telling them right in that moment that you appreciate their help or wisdom is quick, easy, and flattering. You don’t have to make a big deal out of your gratitude to show someone you care. Just be sure to make sure the compliment is genuine.

Write a nice holiday card…

thanking someone you truly appreciate for all they have done for you. We are all extremely busy, so taking time out of your life to list out reasons why you appreciate someone is a sure-fire way to show gratitude.

Pay full attention to your friends and relatives when they talk.

Listen with the intent of understanding and not just with the intent of responding. Truly listening to someone is one of the best and easiest ways to show him or her that you really care about and appreciate what they have to say.

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How do you show gratitude? Let us know in a comment!

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4 Comments

  • Santoshi says:

    I show my gratitude by smiling at everyone I meet . When someone smiles at me, it’s practically impossible not to smile back- though I confess I’ve never tried. It also sends a message to my brain that I’m happy. The more I smile, the deeper the message sinks in creating a habit of happiness that bonds me to others, sometimes others I don’t even know. Smiling at others is my way of saying I care that you came into my life, be it a second or a lifetime so thanks for showing up!

    • Chelsea Sendgraff says:

      Great point, Santoshi! Smiling is a quick, easy, and meaningful way to show gratitude AND boost your own happiness. It’s a win/win!

  • Charles Mui says:

    Happiness and love are your most powerful tools in creating the lifestyle of your dreams. The vibrations of love and happiness are the catalyst to manifesting your hearts desires into your reality. To generate happiness and love in your life you must first be grateful for what you have. Grateful living can be achieved through becoming aware that every moment you have is the ultimate gift. The most valuable thing you have at any given time is the present moment. The present is all you are ever guaranteed in this life. With the gift of the present moment you are divinely granted the opportunity for unlimited potentiality. With this gift your future is only limited to our imagination and attention. Become aware that you possess this ultimate gift and have the magic powe to create whatever your heart truly desires.

    Ask yourself; What am I going to do with the gift of “right now” and my magic power to create?

    “Struggle ends when gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsh

    “Gratitude opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction close your eyes to it.” – Stephen Richards

    “Gratitude is the spark that will ignite your soul on fire with happiness” -CM

    • Chelsea Sendgraff says:

      You are absolutely correct, Charles! Thank you so much for reading our post and sharing your insight.

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