Tuesday, October 23, 2012

25 Ways to Show Gratitude

As November approaches (I know it snuck up on me too), so does the holiday season.  I love this time of year.  Not only is it pretty with all the falling leaves and yes even snow but there is something in the air.  People tend to be more giving and kind.  Families gather and celebrations commence.  It is a time for reflection on all we did and received throughout the year and a time to set new goals.  

In November I try to spend a little bit of extra time being aware of all the blessings I have received in my life. Sometimes though just thinking about them isn't enough.  I grew up being taught that we need to show our gratitude.  Sure I hold the door open for the person behind me and say thank-you to the person taking my order but I can do better.

So I came up with a list of 25 ways I can go out of my way this holiday season to show gratitude for the wonderful life I have been given.

Some ideas are ways to show gratitude for those who I am closest too and make the biggest difference in my life.  Other ideas are for those people who make my life a little bit easier or more pleasant but that I may not personally be acquainted with.  Finally there are even a couple items on my list to show gratitude for myself.  Too often I am most own biggest critic and forget to think about the good things I can do.

25 Ways to Show Gratitude

1.)   Call someone and tell them you love them or why they mean so much to you
2.)   Write a letter to someone
3.)   Deliver a gift to a neighbor
4.)   Deliver a gift to a family member
5.)   Try extra hard to resist the urge to complain, gossip, and/or be negative in anyway
        that day
6.)   Give someone a genuine compliment
7.)   Write a blog post dedicated to someone who has made a difference in your life
8.)   Give a larger tip then normal
9.)   Try and pass along a smile with everyone you may meet that day
10.) Write a positive review for a business of some sort
11.)  Take balloons to a child
12.)  Invite someone over for dinner
13.)  Take a treat to someone
14.)  Write a list of things you are proud you've done
15.)  Write a list of 20 things you are grateful for that day
16.)  Give 3 heartfelt Thank-Yous
17.)  Send a post card
18.)  Put a sticky note somewhere random to brighten someone's day
19.)  Give an anonymous donation of whatever you can afford
20.)  Open the door for others wherever you are
21.)  Take food to a homeless person or donate to your local food bank/soup kitchen
22.)  Write a Thank-You to someone in your community who makes it a better or
         safer place to live
23.)  Leave an area cleaner than when you found it
24.)  Write a list of 10 characteristics, qualities, or features you like about yourself
25.)  Go out your way to do a chore or service for someone in your family

The best part is that I can do all of the things on my list by myself OR with my family.  
I'm excited to start checking items of my list and even have a craft coming in the next day or two to incorporate this list.

How do you show gratitude?  What would you add to the list? 


  1. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

  2. What a nice idea! I'm inspired by your list and might try making a list of my own, although I might borrow a few of your ideas :-)

  3. Love this list. Thanks for the great reminder. If I'm having a terrible day, I try to do #15 & it always turns my day around. :D

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

  4. I love this! Sarah at The Ease of Freeze! Have a blessed weekend

  5. Such a great post! I love it! Thanks for sharing it at Miss Information!

  6. I love this! Gratitude is so important and this is a great reminder this time of year to stop and be thankful! I am a new follower and "grateful" to discover new and inspiring blogs like yours. :) I am a new blogger @ inkhappi-putting the {i} in happi!

  7. These are great! I am doing a series and link up on The Gift of Giving on Nov 5th. This would be perfect for that. Hope to see you there!

  8. Wonderful list. It is so easy to do something small each day for someone else it's a wonder why more people don't do it. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great Idea!


  10. Love this post! Lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty with it! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

  11. Thank you Sarah for these great tips!
    I talk about them here:
    I'd like to receive a feedback from you... :-)