8 Ways to Keep Thanksgiving Alive All Year Long

Writing about gratitude at Thanksgiving is terribly cliché. That is why I am not going to do it this year. Well, what I mean is that I am not going to do it in the most obvious way. This won’t be a list of the things I am thankful for this year. This won’t be a catalog so I can check off the box to indicate that I have thanked the people who have influenced me this year. This won’t be any of those things.


William Arthur Ward once said:

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

I have said, year-in and year-out, that it is a shame we only express our gratitude during the month of November. Instead, I want to share some ways you can show your gratitude all year long to all of the people who touch your life.

  1. Lend them your ear. When the people around you have something to say, really listen instead of worrying about how you want to respond.
  2. Invite them to join your adventures. You have something to offer, too, and that might just be showing them how to live outside of the box, and in community.
  3. Offer to help with a disliked task. Nothing says “Thank You” quite like offering to help someone clean out their closet or move. This is an essential skill when living with others.
  4. Allow people to help you see things differently. People who challenge us are valuable. Resist the urge say they’re wrong. Allow yourself to look at the discussion from their perspective.
  5. Introduce friends to friends. Sometimes the greatest gesture you can make is to introduce the people in your life to one another. Make connections and watch them blossom.
  6. Leave a nice tip. Whatever you think about our tipping culture, the gesture does show your gratitude for the service people in your life. Leave a bigger thank expected tip.
  7. Write a Thank You note. In this age of digital communications, everyone still loves to open their mailbox and see a personally addressed envelope.
  8. Start a Happiness Jar. Lastly, in order to make gratitude last all year long, don’t wait to consider the things for which you’re thankful. Keep a jar on your desk and fill it with small notes about all the things that make you happy or grateful throughout the year.

Okay, I will offer you just one thing for which I am grateful this year. I am grateful to see my long-standing dreams of community coming to fruition. I am grateful that I have a chance to demonstrate to the world that I am living my values and help others achieve their goals. I am not just thankful for this because it is November, but because I am alive.

How can you demonstrate your gratitude to the people around you?

Women For Living in Community