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Ways to Express Your Gratitude this Thanksgiving

The holidays are fast approaching and while this year’s festivities might look a little different,

such a special time of the year. Before the holiday season approaches, it’s a grounding time that lets us come together with our friends and family to celebrate what we appreciate. In the midst of the global pandemic, it’s important to take the time to recognize our gratitude for everyday things. In light of this, we have assembled some creative ways for you and your family to express thanks and gratitude leading up to Thanksgiving. Because who says we can only be thankful on one occasion?

Create a Gratitude Chain

Looking to add some Thanksgiving decor? Creating a gratitude chain is just the activity for you! What will you need to create a gratitude chain? Start off with some colored sheets of paper, scissors, writing utensils, and a stapler. Each day cut off a thin strip of colored paper and encourage everyone to write down one thing they are thankful for. Once completed, fold the sheet of paper into a ring and staple the ends. Loop the rings together each day and voila, beautiful and meaningful Thanksgiving decor!

Gratitude Table Prompts

While our Thanksgiving get-togethers are likely to be smaller this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t have thought-provoking conversations. To get the spirit of Thanksgiving going, consider printing out gratitude conversation prompts. There are many options out there, but some that we like are the Creative Fun Family conversation starters and the Hallmark printable cards. If you’re feeling extra creative and also looking for a way to keep your kids entertained, consider using these as a guide and creating your own with some Thanksgiving designs!

Donate Your Time & Volunteer

Sometimes the best way to recognize our own gratitude is by taking the time to help others. This year especially, many organizations are looking for volunteers to help them carry out their operations and fulfill their mission. What better way to teach our children the importance of giving back than by doing so alongside them. Check out your local volunteer listings board to find an organization in your community.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Have you enjoyed our gratitude activities and want to keep up the energy beyond Thanksgiving? Consider starting a gratitude journal. Writing down the things you are thankful for each day has been proven to increase your positivity, improve self-esteem, boost sleep, and even reduce stress! There are many great guided journal options out there, but it is also fairly easy to start your own. All you will need is a blank journal and a pen. When you wake up, write down three things you are grateful for and do the same before you go to bed. If your little ones are still too small to do this on their own, consider verbally asking your kids around the dining room table. It’s a great way to get the discussion going and will form healthy habits for them when they grow up. Download this free gratitude journal to get started!

We hope you enjoyed our fun list of ways to express your gratitude and get into the Thanksgiving spirit! Have you done any of these activities? Let us know by posting your pictures on social media and tagging us @spreadthejoyfoundation or hashtagging #spreadthejoy. Let’s all spread some joy together!

Wishing you all a safe and restful Thanksgiving!
The Spread the Joy team

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