It can be tempting to do nothing but eat, drink, and watch football on Thanksgiving. Though there is nothing wrong with that, it is also nice to acknowledge what the holiday is about: giving thanks. However, it is hard to find a tangible way to do so. Instead of simply not acknowledging your gratitude because you don’t know how, follow OFFSITE’s practices for giving thanks on Thanksgiving.
Reach out to a Loved One
Though you may know how grateful you are for your loved ones, it is likely that they don’t know how you feel and/or the extent of your gratitude. Instead of just assuming that they know that you are thankful to have them in your life, take the time to reach out and actually say it. This can be as simple as texting your mom and saying you love her to as intense as writing your significant other a detailed letter about how much they mean to you. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends as well, as they are just as important as family and significant others. This can be tagging them in an old picture on an Instagram story or texting them about a funny memory you have together. As long as it makes the person know that you are thankful for them, it is enough.
Write a List
If spilling your feelings to others isn’t for you, you can go the introspective route when it comes to giving thanks on Thanksgiving. Instead of telling other people why you are thankful this season, take a few moments to acknowledge those reasons by yourself. A great way to do this is by writing down a list. Whether you keep a journal and add this is another entry or if you haven’t written anything down on paper since 2005, grab a pen and start jotting things down. Make this list consist of every single thing or aspect of your life you are grateful for. When you are done, be sure to read it top to bottom and revel in the gratitude. Be sure to date the list and keep it in a safe space so the future you can remember just how lucky and thankful this you was.
Verbally Express Thanks
Another way to mindfully give thanks on Thanksgiving is by saying your thankful thoughts aloud. An easy and rewarding way to do this is to make it a part of your Thanksgiving dinner. After everyone has eaten the main meal and while they’re waiting for dessert, go around the room and have everyone say three things that they are thankful for this year. It will not only be nice to be able to acknowledge the blessings in your life, but it is also refreshing to hear the good things in your loved one’s lives as well.