If the week isn’t starting off so happy for you, or if you’re going through difficult times, it may be hard to be in a thankful mood. Understandably so…
There are many people out there looking for a good job, having trouble with money or arguing with friends and family. Through trials and tribulations, we tend to focus more on improving our current situations than giving thanks for what we have in our lives.
But, if you’re ready to dive into the Thanksgiving season, try some of these activities to jumpstart a grateful heart!
- Journal: Writing down your thoughts and what you’re thankful for may improve your mood. Put onto paper what you’re feeling, be it happy, sad, angry, excited, etc.
If it doesn’t improve your mood, at least you’ve practiced your writing skills! (Give it a try. It works for me!)
- Write Thank You Notes: Getting thank you letters penned by a loved one is special, and it can make you feel grateful for the people in your life.
I feel happy when I receive hand-written letters, and when I write them myself, it gives me that same feeling.
- Serve Others: Help others when you can, whether it’s a complete stranger, friend, family member, neighbor, or through work done with volunteer organizations.
I have found that giving back to others makes me feel good. It doesn’t take a lot of money/time/effort, but it can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
- Don’t immediately say NO. It’s okay to say YES sometimes! Closing ourselves off from opportunities can hurt us in the long run. Practice saying “YES” to something you might normally say “NO” to.
If you’ve developed a strong relationship with someone outside of your family and this person invites you to a Thanksgiving feast, say yes! And enjoy the food!☺
Here are some other ways to improve your mood, and to be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life! Smile. Hug. Kiss. Hug some more. Walk outside. Read. Exercise. Make funny noises. Stargaze. Laugh. Sing. Laugh more. Dance. Keep dancing!
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Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.