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Ways to Express Gratitude

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November is a great time to re-dedicate yourself to being grateful and acknowledging the good things in life. Today the Palmer View Blog has a few ideas for ways you can take on that attitude of gratitude, whether you’re in your apartment or out going about your day here in Palmer Township, PA.

Write it down.

There’s no better way to be grateful than to actually express your thanks! Making a point to voice your gratitude makes you think of what you have to be grateful for and prompts you to keep your mind on gratitude. So start a gratitude journal this month. Grab an empty notebook or buy a gratitude journal to get started. You can write one thing per day or work your way up to writing two or three. Don’t feel pressured to write down deep thoughts or huge blessings. All things, big or small, short-lived or long-lasting, have value — and getting yourself to be mindful of those things will put you in the thankful spirit.

Or use a different creative outlet.

If writing isn’t your cup of tea, try something else! Think about what medium is meaningful to you. Creating a piece of art — through illustration, painting, calligraphy, sculpting, music, or something else you’re good at — will make the act of expressing gratitude a fun one for you. You can then take extra pride in your work and, if you want, show it to your friends or even give it to someone you’re thankful for.

Tell someone thank you.

Verbalizing your gratitude for someone else is a good way to form or strengthen bonds with others. If doing this makes you uncomfortable, start small. Simply telling someone thank you for a simple service is perfectly socially acceptable, and the person you’re thanking will appreciate your acknowledgement of them. Plus, it’ll get you more comfortable with expressing your gratitude and making it part of your lifestyle all year round.

What are your favorite ways to be grateful? Let us know in the comments so we can try new ways to express ourselves. Thanks for reading. Good luck, and have fun in all your efforts this month and the rest of the year!