In a society that focuses on (and encourages) selfishness and perfection, it can be easy to attempt to find joy in temporary things and lose sight of all our blessings. Because of this, I think it is important to make an effort to be thankful all year, not just during November. Each day when you wake up think of even just one thing you are thankful for, it can make your entire day a little better.
I know social media has made it a bit cliché and annoying to say what you’re thankful for during the month of November. A lot of people take on “November challenges” on Facebook and for everyday of the month they post what they’re thankful for, along with tons of unnecessary photos which can get annoying for their followers. With that aside I think it is fun to share what you’re thankful for, especially during this month. It kind of gives you a chance to pause and put things into perspective, before the holiday whirlwind and New Year begins.
You don’t have to complicate it and post on Facebook every single day, there are several options that I think are bit better. Here are some of my favorite ideas of ways to express what you’re thankful for.
- Write a list of what you’re thankful for and share it with your family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.
- Make a list in your bullet journal. Get creative, you can even doodle pictures of what you’re thankful for.
- Write a blog post.
- Create a piece of art with photos and words.
The nice thing of writing down what you’re thankful for in a journal or creating a piece of art is that you can look back on it for years to come.
A few things that I am thankful for
- Family and friends
- Pets to hug
- Coffee in the morning
- A warm fire on a cold night
- Fluffy blankets
- Funny movies
- A comfy bed
- The ability to be creative
- Coffee shops
- The opportunity to go to college
- When I’m the only one watching a movie at the movie theater and and it feels like it was reserved for me
- Difficult people, because they make us stronger
- Lakes and forests
- Cold weather
- City lights
- Books that make you forget where you’re at