Showing gratitude is a skill we could all improve on. If you’re at a loss of how to do this in your day-to-day life, here are 10 simple ways to help get you started!

Gratitude Jar

With Thanksgiving coming up, start writing down something you’re grateful for every day. Stick the scrap of paper in a jar and open it on Thanksgiving. Read each piece of paper out loud and reflect on just how much you have to be grateful for!

Write a Note

Showing gratitude can be as easy as setting aside a few minutes to write a heartfelt note. Whether it’s a thank you card or a thinking of you note, you can express so much gratitude through your words. A note is also something tangible the recipient can refer back to whenever they want.

Acts of Service

Taking time to serve the people you appreciate in life is another great way to show your gratitude. You can volunteer to take on tasks they don’t like to do or have trouble doing. You could also just commit to doing a random act of kindness each month. No matter how you decide to serve, know that you will be appreciated!

Say it Out Loud

Your words matter. Take the time to verbally thank people. Get vulnerable with the people in your life and let them know how much their actions or words have helped you. It’s important to develop the ability to say ‘thank you’ out loud. Start practicing!

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Gratitude Journal

There are many excellent gratitude journals out there. Purchase one and let the prompts guide you into expressing yourself. They will make you think hard about things you’re grateful for. It’s a great option to help you switch your brain to a gratitude mindset.

Develop Thoughtfulness

In order to become a more thoughtful, grateful person, you have to practice. Expressing gratitude is a great way to do that! Think about others and what they may have given up to help you. Always be appreciative!

Small Gifts

Small gifts are another great way to show gratitude. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Give someone a plate of their favorite cookies or bring them their favorite drink. A little effort goes a long way!

Pay it Forward

Turn your gratitude into action. Pay it forward when someone does something kind for you. This is another great way to shift yourself into a gratitude mindset.

Tip Excellent Service

When you’re out to eat, recognize excellent service by wait staff. People who work in the food industry work really hard and often for little base pay. They survive off tips so tip well! You will make someone’s day.

Recognize the Efforts of Others

When you’re working with a team and you personally get recognized, it’s important to acknowledge the contributions of others. Show your gratitude for the hard work of your teammates. Make sure everyone on the team knows how much they’re valued.

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