When giving thanks means giving back…
When life throws us curveballs and everything seems dreary, there is a tendency for us to mourn, complain or rage. However, we are reminded that living a life in thanks is one of the most life-fulfilling. Finding the good in all things — no matter how small — reduces signs of anxiety, stress, envy and resentment. Author Naomi Williams has said, “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” There are moments in life when I admittedly take my blessings for granted or live in “the grass is greener” world. This is a scary place to be and can be quite destructive if it gets out of control. But I have found that one of the best ways to live a life full of thanks and love is to give back to others; be vocal, active and intentional about your gratitude. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”– Ralph Marston
Below are some of the things we are thankful for and how we’re showing our humble thanks by giving back.
Thankful for shelter: Find out how you can assist at a homeless shelter. Serve warm meals, play games with kids, donate clothing, or learn about other ways you can make a difference in your community.
Thankful for family: Help a family in need by giving your time, skills, food, or other charitable donations to local or national assistance organizations like Help Neighbors and Feeding America. Write a letter of appreciation to someone in your family that you are thankful for — tell them why.
Thankful for food: Plant seeds in your community garden for others to enjoy. Cook a meal for a person or family in need. Drop off canned food and bottled water at local food drives.
Thankful for health: Volunteer at your local hospital. Inquire about donating blood to people in need. Take a friend or family member out for a hike or walk around the park.
Thankful for a job: Share your job skills with others. Help someone write a resume. Donate your work clothes to someone in need via Dress for Success.
+ What are you thankful for and how are you going to share your gratitude with others?
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