With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to consider giving thanks for people in my life. While I try to express my gratitude and appreciation for many of them throughout the year, there are times when I find myself falling short. I don’t appreciate rude people and I do not like feeling like I’ve become one, either. And if you spend any time on social media, then you know that there is a lot of ‘negative energy’ out there.
This month, I am working on expressing that gratitude for others. This is especially true for those who have had a great influence on my life and are often taken for granted.
Did you know that giving thanks for people in your life triggers positive health benefits?
Much like forgiving another, the person who benefits the most is the giver. And when it comes to those people closest to me, the act of gratitude helps me to see all their positive attributes rather than the few imperfections which have a way of standing out.
Giving Thanks for People in Your Life: MY #ThankList
My family members are at the top of my #ThankList. This includes my parents as well as my husband and boys.
My parents are ones that I often forget to thank on a regular basis. They have done so much for me over the years and continue to be a source of strength and support in my life.
Dad taught me about sticking to your principles, regardless of what other people are saying, as well as how to find bargains. The man is an anomaly as he ENJOYS shopping and even bought me a dress when I was in college as he thought it would suite me. Not only was it bargain priced, but it looked great on me!
My mom showed how to love others and be a positive role model for all. She provided my Italian heritage and with it both a love of food and family. That love of family was reinforced by my dad who made a promise to my maternal grandparents that he’d get their daughter and grandchildren out to visit them every year barring some unforeseen circumstance. And, he kept that promise through long road trips to Rhode Island from the deep South or by plane when we lived in the Seattle area for a few years.
Living thousands of miles away in Alaska with a life full of homeschooling, homemaking and blogging can sometimes lead to forgetfulness on my part, too. We keep in touch via phone calls and Facebook, but the more personal touches of a handwritten card are often overlooked.
My husband has been a constant force in my life for over 20 years now. If there is someone it is really easy to take for granted, it is him. He’s gone down a career path that was not his first pick of occupations, but provided a steady source of income to provide for our family. Some of the work environments he’s had to suffer through on the job are places I would never want to visit (e.g. crawling under homes and other dirty, nasty places.) When we lived in Ohio, his job had him working way more than the 40 hours he was paid to work and he always performed well on the job to appease clients so they would stay with the company.
Since attending a marriage retreat this past month, we have been making time each day to share from our heart and that includes highlighting a particular attribute or ‘fine quality’ that we appreciate. Those simple acts and short investment of time (10 minutes away from the boys) is paying dividends already as our relationship grows and strengthens.
Most of the time, I have my boys with me throughout the day. This near constant exposure can lead to a serious lack of appreciation for the good as the ‘bad’ behaviors tend to capture my attention more. However, I am blessed to have teens that can now clear the driveway and occasionally cook a meal. And, my youngest son regularly provides me with hugs and the verbal reminder of how much he loves me, even saying “You’re the best mom in the whole world. Ever!”
Through Gratitude Slips, I am hoping to get my boys on board with giving thanks for people in their life, too.
Giving Thanks for People in Your Life: Create Your Own #ThankList
Right now, American Greetings is partnering with United Way Worldwide as part of the ThankList campaign to give back during the season of gratitude. Every time someone shares #ThankList on social platforms (a Tweet, Instagram or Facebook post that names people for whom they’re thankful), American Greetings will donate $1 to United Way Worldwide. Funds donated during the campaign will be allocated towards hunger prevention.
Isn’t that an easy way to not only THANK someone important in your life, but also help at the same time?
I hope you’ll join me and others in the process of a small act with the potential to kick off a cultural movement. Create a #ThankList and share it today!
Who is a special person in your life?
What are some ways you give thanks for them being a part of our life?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.