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5 Ways To Feel More Grateful

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, (I know, this year is flying by) I’m sure some of you are preparing for the traditional question of the season: What are you thankful for? It may seem like a more difficult question than in years past, but even beyond the pandemic and stress of this year, a grateful mindset can help you find the good in any situation. Here are 5 simple ways to feel more thankful each day.

  1. Write in a gratitude journal! Writing down three good things from your day each night will help you zero in on the positives. This may also help you get a good night's sleep by ending each day on a positive note. It doesn’t have to be long winded, but even noting things like how they served your favorite lunch at school, or you got your favorite seat on the bus, will help you realize that there is some good even on those hard days.

  2. Stop comparing yourself to others! It’s so easy to feel ungrateful when you see someone else winning, and instantly make comparisons to yourself. This is a really hard habit to break, but you will be so much happier when you stop measuring your life against someone else’s.

  3. Give a genuine 'Thank You'! We are all taught as little kids to say please and thank you, but how often do you find yourself giving genuine heartfelt thank you’s to your family and friends? Saying a sincere ‘thank you’ not only makes the other person feel appreciated, but it gives you an additional moment to be grateful.

  4. Do something for someone else! Donate to an organization you’re passionate about, volunteer to help those in need, or even enact a random act of kindness. There is no greater feeling than the feeling you get from helping others.

  5. Spend time with loved ones! Surrounding yourself with people who care about you helps you appreciate the power of friendship and family. This year we have constantly been told to keep our distance, stay home, and stay safe...but we know that can feel lonely sometimes. Don’t underestimate the power of technology when it comes to connecting with loved ones. Set aside time to facetime your grandparents or check in on a friend via text, whatever it takes to remind yourself that there are so many good people in your life!

The holidays will look different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be thankful for all we have. We are thankful that the Youth Center has brought us all together, and we are grateful for each and every one of our members.

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