3 ways to show gratitude this holiday season and beyond

Let’s admit it – we have all had our fair share of being caught in the whirlwind of life. Family, job and life demands keep us laser focused on what’s ahead. Have you thought about the last time you’ve intentionally shown someone else (and yourself) gratitude? Check out these tips that can be incorporated, no matter how busy life gets.

Phone a friend or family member

Our schedules force us to limit our real-time social check-ins with the ones we love the most. Once a week or as your schedule permits, make it a priority to connect with a different family member or friend. These gestures go a long way – FaceTime, Google Duo or Zoom are all great ways to connect virtually. If you all are in the same city, set a date on the calendar to meet up for a dinner date. Connection is so important; help each other by unwinding and spending quality time.

Pay it forward

In order for us to be grateful for everything in our own lives, sometimes we have to take a step back and help those that aren’t able to always help us. Volunteer at a local shelter or food bank, donate clothing items you no longer wear. Sponsor a family for the upcoming holidays by ensuring they will have a nice and fulfilling meal. Even something as simple as holding the door for a stranger goes a long way. Complimenting someone or saying “hello” can impact someone’s day positively.

Treat yourself

When’s the last time you’ve intentionally done something nice for yourself? Set up a manicure/pedicure, go to the spa or schedule a massage. Take a self-care day from work and pour back into yourself. Be gracious to your spirit and body! If you’re unable to schedule something away from home, buy your favorite bottle of wine and create a spa-like atmosphere at home. Light some candles, take a bath and shut off from the world for an evening. Curl up with your favorite book and decompress. We give grace to those around us but forget it’s vital to grant that same exact grace to ourselves.

No matter what happens in and outside of our control; never forget the importance of showing gratitude to yourself and others.

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