Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about being thankful for the rest of the holiday season.
Thankfulness is part of how you can keep your positive mental health, and help lift the spirits of others.
Experts give tips for how you can be more thankful, and how to show you are thankful.
Denise Posnak, the founder of MyBOD Wellness, said in an email that people can increase their thankfulness by finding the time to say “thank you” at every possible opportunity.
Here are some ways she suggests that people can show their thankfulness to others:
1) “Write thank you on the checks you write to pay your bills.”
2) “Express thanks to the shop keepers who ring up your gifts.”
3) “Thank your friends personally (take them aside during the party) for hosting and prepping for the holiday shindig.”
4) “Thank your familly member for hosting, cleaning, prepping for the holiday dinner/event.”
5) “Thank your mail person for securely delivering the mail (leave a gift card or a note).”
6) “Thank yourself for doing such a good job all year and especially now during this season.”
7) “Thank your children's teacher or bus driver for caring for your precious one.”
Barb Churchill, a life coach, mentor and founder of Fill Your Cup Coach, LLC, said in an email that sometimes gratitude needs to be eased into if you’re not used to it.
She suggested first looking at what you already have in your life, and start listing those aspects of your life that you are grateful for. This can be friends, family, good health, a job in this rough economy, a home, food and pet.
She said she starts off her mornings listing what she’s grateful for, and it helps her continue with a positive mood.
“Set aside a few minutes a day to be in gratitude,” Churchill said.
“Once that becomes a habit, move onto the next step - writing in a gratitude journal at the end of your day. I write in mine just before I go to sleep (the state in which you go to sleep is the same state in which you wake up) and recount things specific to the day that I'm thankful for.”