10 Ways to Show Gratitude This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving might be in the past, but the holiday reminds us that we are thankful for family, friends and our wellness. Gratitude isn't just about smiling (although that's a big part of it), it's also about changing our mindset and really believing our lives are enriched by those who surround us. 

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Gratitude is "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." [1] It reminds us that no matter what time of year it is, we can always remember to go out of our way to show thanks to those who help make our days just a little bit brighter. 

Here are 10 quick ways to show more gratitude this holiday season:

1. Be an attentive listener: take interest in what someone is talking about and really show your interest. Face the individual you're speaking to and allow them to use your space as a safe space.

2. Make eye contact: when you are an attentive listener, it can be easier to make eye contact. 

3. Write a thank you card (or a gratitude card): thank-you cards are so 'in' these days. Write a thank you card even if you are not prompted. People loving seeing appreciation in all forms! 

4. Be gracious when challenged: 'take the high road' as they say. Try to approach each situation with a level of graciousness, even when it may seem difficult. 

5. Be there just to be there: support your loved ones by reminding them you are there to listen whenever they need it. 

6. Be a support system: be there to listen when someone needs it. Invite a friend into your office and strike up a conversation. You never know when someone just wants to be heard! 

7. Smile: a smile can automatically cheer up a loved one, or even your co-worker. Practice smiling more often, even during difficult or challenging days.

8. Host a 'thank you/gratitude' party: pick a day in the coming month where you plan to appreciate either your family, friends or co-workers. Make it part of your work day as a means of self-care.

9. Visit your loved ones unexpectedly: you don't have to knock on their door in the middle of the night, but show more gratitude by picking up the phone or stopping by for weekend coffee just because. 

10. Remind others to spread gratitude: be the gratitude fairy. Show your gratitude by reminding others to take a minute, slow down and take a minute to reflect on their own gratitude lists.  

Gratitude is backed with love. Practice giving and receiving gratitude this holiday season.

Kristina Caputi