9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving

By Kelsey Leon

Sometimes we forget that Thanksgiving is called "Thanksgiving" for a reason; it's a time where we're meant to reflect and show gratitude. In today's world, it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of complaints and negativity, but expressing thankfulness is easier than you think. Here are 9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving!

1. Reflect on privilege

This is a rather abstract concept, but an important one. Your ability to access the internet, go to Glamping Hub, and read this article already indicates your privilege. It is very important to realize that you have a lot to be grateful for. A simple way to do this is for every complaint that you make, state two things that you are thankful for.

2. Hug

Time for a little bit of science! Did you know that hugging releases oxytocin and endorphins? Oxytocin is a hormone that lowers blood pressure, as well as the stress hormone cortisol. Endorphins make you "feel good," and thus, happier. The bottom line is...give a lot of hugs this Thanksgiving!

3. Write cards for loved ones

Perhaps you aren't a person of many words, but it's incredible how a simple card can really make someone's day. Even if it's just a small paragraph expressing your love and appreciation for that person, a little goes a long way.

4. Volunteer

Volunteering may seem to be a cliché way to take action and show gratitude, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. It's important, too, to make sure you're volunteering for something that is meaningful to you. For example, if you are passionate about keeping the ocean clean, you can volunteer for a beach cleanup. Start getting some inspiration!

5. Donate

Donating is similar to volunteering. Donate to causes that you are passionate about, whether it be to help foster children or save the rainforest, for example. If you donate to something that is important to you, it will have more of an impact on you.

6. Cook with the family

Perhaps this is something that you already do or maybe you are the one who does most of the cooking. If not, however, you should definitely try it out this year. Helping with cooking shows that you love and care about your family, and it's a great way to spend time together. Your family will be grateful for your help, too!

7. Do the chores

No one likes washing dishes, and that is exactly why you should. If you don't help with the cooking, you should contribute to the cleanup process. Sometimes showing gratitude means doing something as simple as helping out around the house; small actions like that are really appreciated.

8. Be present

This is such a simple item, but we often fail to realize that simply being in the presence of loved ones can mean so much. Spending time with each other and sitting around the dinner table is such a wonderful experience and creates memories that last forever. Put away your phone and any other distractions for a second, and allow yourself to really be in the moment.

9. Take time to appreciate nature

Often times, when we reflect on what we are thankful for, we generally think of people and materialistic things, such as a house or electricity. While it's important to appreciate these items, we don't generally think of nature. This is unfortunate, because nature is such an incredible gift. The best way to appreciate the great outdoors is to be in it, so why not celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by nature?


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