Giving Thanks Throughout The Year

by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Viral Columnist


Published in Viral on 14th December, 2018


There are certain times throughout the year when we remember the importance of giving thanks, but it can also be easy to forget during the rest of the year. However, giving thanks on a daily basis is an important way to keep peace and happiness in your life.

Furthermore, it can help to remind yourself of everything you have to be thankful for. Practicing gratitude regularly allows us to truly see the world around us and the beauty that inhabits it.

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Here, we're going to discuss a few ways you can show gratitude for the things and people in your life.

What Is Giving Thanks?

Simply put, giving thanks is the act of showing appreciation for what you have in your life. It may be people, things, or circumstances, but what matters most is that you appreciate it. When we remember how important these things are to us, we are reminded about everything that is good in our lives.

In addition, it can also help to put into perspective what is important. Things like our families, friends and even pets can be huge sources of comfort during hard times. Showing gratitude for them can help to keep things like stress, depression and anxiety at bay.

Ways To Give Thanks

There are many ways to give thanks, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Many of these tips also include things that are relatively small and easy to do on a daily basis. After all, being grateful doesn't mean putting on a big show for others.

Appreciate Something Every Day

Even on our worst days, we can find something that helps us to feel better every day. Even if it's something small, like the comfort of your bed, the warmth of a blanket, or the love of your pets. Sometimes we can find that the small things count the most overall.

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Each day, try to find something that improves the day a little. It can be a thing, a person, a place, or anything that brings you even a small amount of peace or joy. Finding the things that are positive in our lives can make the hard times easier to get through.

Look For The Positive

Another great way to keep things in perspective is to look for the positive in any person or situation. The narratives we give ourselves about situations that are already bad can make them that much worse, so it's a good idea to try to avoid falling into pits of negative thinking.

Instead, try to find the positive aspects or the lesson. Even during rough times, there is something to be learned so that you can have a better future. At the very least, it's worth remembering that things won't stay bad forever. In time, the clouds will pass.

Get Into Nature

Getting out into nature can bring a lot of peace, and it can remind you of the beauty in the natural world. Whether you're just going out for a hike or taking a camping trip, it can be a really relaxing experience. It's also a great way to get a feeling for the world we came from.

We spend so much time indoors during modern times, a change of scenery can help in reminding us that there is more out there than bills and day-to-day stresses. It's also a great opportunity to escape to somewhere you love, like the mountains or the coast!

Keep Things In Perspective

A pitfall we can often end up in comes with getting wrapped up in the problems in our lives, making them feel much larger than they actually are. This can really bring up our stress and anxiety levels because we're so focused on the issues, we can forget the rest the things going on in our lives.

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Keep in mind that just because there may be larger problems out there than yours, it does not mean that you problems are invalid. However, keeping the problem in perspective can help to keep you from ruminating on it and allowing it to build up stress.

Be Grateful For Those Close To You

Many of us are guilty of taking the ones we love for granted at some time or another. However, relationships can really blossom when each person takes the time to remind those they care about how much they mean.

It can be as simple as telling people you love them, that you appreciate them, or that you enjoy spending time with them. Sometimes small gifts or notes can also be great ways to express your gratitude. Depending on your love language, there may be a number of ways you like to show people you care.

Take The Extra Moment

While we're out and about on a daily basis, we can come into contact with many others. It can feel really great to take an extra moment here and there just to be polite. Perhaps you let someone get into a door before you, or smile at someone as you walk by them.

It doesn't need to be a huge show of appreciation, it can be as simple as asking someone how their day is going. Doing this can really leave others feeling better about their day overall, and they'll be more likely to pay it forward to others.

Write A Note

Notes can be a fantastic way to quickly remind yourself or others what you're grateful for. You can leave notes for others to let them know you appreciate them, or you can make notes of the things that you enjoy so that you can remember them when things are feeling rough.

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What's great about this tip is that it can really take just a few seconds. With a sticky note and a writing utensil, you can really brighten up someone else's day, which will make you feel great in return. It's really worth doing those you care about in your life!

Stay Balanced

Stress and anxiety can become huge issues when we send too much of our energy into specific areas while paying little attention to others. For example, when you have a big work project to complete and cleaning your home, or getting socialization time in falls to the back burner.

While it may feel like the large project is the most important, eventually those other things will build up and bring more stress. As a result, it's a good idea to try to work on all or most of the tasks you need to complete in a balanced way, to keep one or more from snowballing.

Meditate Often

Meditation doesn't have to be the huge experience that it can seem like. You can spend minutes or even seconds simply paying attention to your breath, and that is enough. It can really help to center yourself and learn how to monitor your emotions without judgment.

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Furthermore, it's a great way to quiet yourself for even just a short amount of time and feel a bit refreshed. If you have difficulty with a quiet atmosphere, then you can also make use of a guided meditation, which will give you something to focus on.

Share With Others

There is joy in sharing what we have with others, whether it's a meal, a game, or simply your happiness. It can be especially great when you know someone is having a rough time. Showing them you care by sharing what you have can really help them to feel better.

In addition, it can remind you to be thankful for what you have that others may not. In most cases, we work hard for the things we have and can therefore share, so it's wonderful when those things can bring to joy to not just ourselves, but to others as well.

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