365 Days of Thanksgiving!
Originally Posted on November 25, 2012 by BJ Howell.
Thanksgiving is a one of the most loved holidays. It’s a time when family and friends come together and give thanks for the people and things that are most important to them. Warmth, love and sharing are the trademarks of a good Thanksgiving season. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a wonderful preview of the happiness that Christmas brings. People seem to be happier, and more appreciative (and willing to express it) during the Thanksgiving time. But Thanksgiving only comes once a year. Wouldn’t it be great to experience these feelings 365 days a year? It’s the simple things about everyday life that makes living enjoyable. There are a dozen different ways you can live every day giving thanks for all that you have.
One of the easiest and most common ways is to keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude journals can be as simple as writing down a sentence or two about what you were grateful for that day. It can even be a couple of words (as long as they make sense to you). You can use a diary, a notebook, (Twitter or Facebook if you don’t mind them being public) or your Smartphone (there are several affordable apps available).
Another way to enjoy Thanksgiving 365 days of the year is to live with intent. Living on purpose can be very gratifying. Similar to the gratitude journal, living with intent will take just a few minutes of your day. However, you would take these minutes in the morning before you start your day. Living with purpose can be as simple as making a clear goal for each day and sticking to it or as detailed as you want it to be. Every morning, decide how you want to live your day. What do you want to celebrate, acknowledge, practice, appreciate, etc.? And then, Just Do It! Living with intent allows you to be more in control of what you want your life to be and how you want to interact with the world around you. Not only is it empowering, but once you are able to master living with intent, you can enjoy every day with happiness, gratitude and love.
More options to enjoying Thanksgiving 365 days a year include: donating your time, money or talents; committing to mentor a child; or devoting each month to expressing your appreciation for someone who doesn’t expect it. There are so many ways to enjoy Thanksgiving every day, why would you want to celebrate it just once a year?