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How can we show gratitude year-round?

The title for this piece was taken from a scripture in the Book of Mormon. Alma 34:38: “Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.”

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. That means family, friends, and food. The three Fs that make the world go ‘round, am I right? 

When I was a kid, we’d all sit around the dinner table and share what we were grateful for during dinner. Sometimes we were silly. Sometimes we were serious. Most of the time, we just wanted to finish eating and get on to the next big thing . . . pie!

As I got older, Thanksgiving was usually spent far away from family. All of a sudden, I missed those family traditions. 

As I thought about it this year, it got me thinking. Why do we seem to save our gratitude for the holidays? Shouldn’t we be looking around for gratitude all year along? Can’t we be living in “thanksgiving daily”?

There’s a reason so many people have turned to gratitude journals or gratitude challenges on social media. They spark joy. They bring happiness. They make you feel warm and fuzzy. Taking the time to notice the good always helps us overcome the bad.

So what does that mean for you? What can you do to show a little more gratitude all year? Here are a few simple ideas: 

  • Start a gratitude journal.
  • Post weekly on social media about what you’re grateful for.
  • Write a letter to a friend expressing your gratitude for their friendship.
  • Write letters to family, sharing with them what they’ve taught you. 
  • Find opportunities to serve in your community as a show of gratitude for all your community has done for you.
  • Thank the things in your house that have served you well and give them away.
  • Find someone to thank once a week for the whole year. There are certainly 52 people in your life you can thank for shaping it in some way.

There are so many different choices. Do what works for you.

Just, make note of it. Save it somewhere. In a journal, on social media, whatever it may be. 

Someday, you may need the reminder of just how many blessings you have. 

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