Thanksgiving: Easy Ways to Become More Grateful

Oct 02, 2018

Thanksgiving is the official holiday of gratitude, by why should feeling grateful need a holiday? Science has proven gratitude is good for you. Timbercreek Communities wants to share a few ways to cultivate gratitude on an ongoing basis. Here are some easy ways to become more grateful, every day.

Family around dinner table

Keep a Gratitude Journal

It helps to get our thoughts down on paper. Get into the habit of reminding yourself of all the good things in your life, big and small. Sometimes it’s the little things that we feel most grateful for. Write these things down every day. It could be something beautiful you saw, a personal attribute you have, a feeling, or the simple fact that you are alive and can feel anything at all.

Visual Reminders

The biggest obstacle to gratefulness is forgetfulness. It’s easy to forget what is good in our lives, especially when we are overwhelmed and stressed. Use visual reminders to trigger your gratitude. Seeing the people in your life that you are grateful for and love is a great place to start.

Behave Gratefully

Behaving as though you are already grateful can trigger feelings of genuine gratitude. These behaviors can include the simplest things, like saying thank you, smiling, or writing letters expressing your gratitude.

Stick With It

Consistency is the key. Keep reminding yourself of the good things in life. Posting sticky notes around your home about what you’re grateful for can help. You can modernize this tip by posting gratitude reminders on your phone for random times in the near future.

Show the love

Feeling gratitude is great, but the other side of it is expressing gratitude towards others. The thought may make you feel vulnerable, but chances are the other person would be grateful to hear it -- this can create a gratitude feedback loop that feels great!

Timbercreek is grateful that you’ve found your home with us.

For information on finding a new home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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