15 Ways to Express Gratitude

Goodbye October and hello November. I love the month of November, as it is the month of Gratitude. You know the common question asked, “What are you thankful for?” We begin to remember the source of which has in some way blessed or benefited us. We show appreciation and give thanks to those significant people and things because they give or gave value. Most importantly, we spread love, support, and gratefulness and in return we create togetherness to let each other know we are never alone. Gratitude can be expressed to one’s self, loved ones, and even those we may not personally know. In this post, I wanted to share different ways to express gratitude to yourself and those around you, this month and so on.

To Yourself:

  1. Treat Yo’self! Take yourself to the spa for some relaxation and a massage that you’ve needed the last 2 months. Get a mani and pedi. Take yourself on a little (or big for my shopaholics like myself) shopping spree.
  2. Write yourself a ‘love letter’. What do you admire about you? What makes you special? Let yourself feel good about you and embrace it. Remind yourself that you are THAT B*TCH!
  3. Have a date with yourself. A movie, dinner, a picnic, skating. There are so many options. This may seem quite awkward to some of us but alone time is much needed trust me. You have time to reflect, reevaluate, get your mind right, and focus on you and your happiness. If you can’t enjoy your own company, how can you enjoy another’s?
  4. Pray for yourself. POINT BLANK PERIOD! Trust in him and keep moving forward.

To Loved Ones:

  1. Get in contact with a loved one and let them know face to face how much they mean to you. Physical communication can be much more meaningful and intimate for some.
  2. Text random compliments and motivational messages to your loved ones. You never know what someone is dealing with or what kind of day they might be having. That one text could make a difference.
  3. Take a loved on a date or go out to have a few drinks. Talk, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company.
  4. Fulfill one of their daily responsibilities.  Now some of us may be like why would I do that when I have my own? We have loved ones that my just need that extra hand although they may not ask or signify it. There’s nothing wrong with lending a hand especially to someone we know who will greatly appreciate it.
  5. Pray for them. POINT BLANK PERIOD! Trust in him and keep moving forward.

To Others:

  1. Donate/Give unwanted and/or unneeded winter essentials. Things like coats, blankets, socks, and sweatpants. Wintertime is coming quickly. Help give some warmth to someone who may not have it.
  2. Run/Walk for a cause. It does not have to be done just when you are or were personally  affected. Help those who may not have support. You never know whose life you could be changing for the greater good. Check around your local area for any upcoming events.
  3. Pay it forward. A quick and easy act of gratitude that I know for sure anyone would greatly appreciate. Unless of course, they one of the grateful ones spreading negative energy but your generosity will over power that energy anyways sis.
  4. Volunteer at a food bank, toy drive, shelter, etc. Holiday season is here so check out any local places that may be asking for volunteer help. There are so many families who are not as fortunate as others, so why not give help where we can if we can. I promise you’ll feel just as amazing as they will.
  5. Feed the homeless. This is honestly the least you can. You never know if this is the meal that saves a life. Don’t forget that everyone is somebody’s child and that it could be me or you. No one chooses to be homeless and life doesn’t always go as planned. It doesn’t hurt to show compassion where it is missing.
  6. Pray for them. POINT BLANK PERIOD. Trust in him, stay strong, and keep moving forward.

I hope each one of you take some time this month and months after to show some gratitude. There’s so many things and reasons to be thankful for and there are no reasons for one not to want to give a gift worth giving such as love and support.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”

– William Arthur Ward

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1 Comment

  1. Love the article! It was a blessing. I’ve been in a rut lately on what I can do to mix things up in my life, but this piece really helped me reflect on my purpose and what I can do to give back. I also like that you emphasized loving yourself. And your funny comments were added enjoyment to the post! To quote you and one of my fave shows, Parks and Rec, I’m bout to go treat myself! But also volunteer. Cheers!

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