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10 Ways To Express Gratitude This Holiday Season

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Posted on December 07 2018

Challenge yourself this holiday season to do more than just say “thank you.” It’s important to show gratitude when you can, especially to your friends and loved ones. Let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life. POPSUGAR put together a list of simple ways to practice gratitude every day.

1. Write heartfelt notes.

Some might call it old-fashion, but there’s something about the thought that goes in to a handwritten card. Whether it’s for a special occasion like a birthday or graduation, or you do it just because, it’s important to remind your loved ones that you care about them and that you’re there for them - especially when they least expect it. This is a simple and inexpensive gesture that goes a long way.

2. Surprise someone with a treat.

Surprise your coworkers with coffee or donuts before work. It’s a simple way to show some appreciation. Plus, if you do it when they least expect it, all the better!

3. Spend quality time with loved ones.

Time is precious, and as the holidays approach, this is another reminder of how important it is to spend time with your loved ones while you still can. They won’t be around forever. The older you get, the more you realize that you cannot take your family for granted. Make it a priority to see them this holiday season and create new memories that’ll last a lifetime.

4. Send small gifts.

Aside from family, there are probably other people you’d like to thank. Maybe it’s your hairstylist. Maybe it’s a teacher or professor. The holiday season is the perfect time to show these people how much you appreciate them. You could bake them cookies or get them a gift card to their favorite restaurant. A little thought can go a long way.

5. Throw a brunch.

Invite your closest friends and spend some time together. Life is busy and we don’t always have the time to get together with the ones who mean the most. Take this time to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the relationships that matter to you the most. Take a moment and let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life.

6. Try writing out a gratitude calendar.

Challenge yourself to practice gratitude on a daily basis. Challenge yourself to thank a different person every day for two weeks. Creating a habit out of practicing gratitude not only helps it become a part of your routine, but you’ll notice you’re a lot happier.

7. Be a good listener.

There’s nothing like surprising your friend with that gift she’s had her eyes on, or scoring tickets to that game your dad’s been talking about for months. Being a thoughtful and good listener goes a long way and the payoff is always rewarding.

8. Prioritize your family.

As we grow older, it gets more difficult to see family on a regular basis. We get consumed with living our own lives that before we know it, a whole year has gone by. The holidays are perfect for gathering with family and creating new memories together. Make your family a priority this holiday season and show them how grateful you are. It’s important to cherish the time you have together.

9. Donate to a good cause.

Typically around this time of year, we think about those who may be less fortunate than us. Whether it’s donating money, food, toys, or time, we can all make a difference in someone’s life. Think of something you can do this year to help those in need.

10. Take care of yourself.

At the end of the day, don't forget that you matter too! It's important to take care of yourself this holiday season and do something for you. Pamper yourself with a manicure or spend the day at a spa. In life, you need balance and while you're at it, take some time to pause and reflect on the things you're grateful for.

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