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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Marcus Tullius CiceroLife is short: spend time enjoying a happy dance with your closest friend (Image credit: http://raisingable.com/2011/12/12/cultivate-holiday-happiness-and-gratitude/)
The holiday season generally brings us closer to people. Sometimes that closeness reminds us how much we love each other, and other times it reminds us that we drive each other crazy. Throughout it all, every relationship teaches us something about loving, trusting, forgiving, and taking care of each other…and ourselves.
When we practice gratitude, we can lessen the emotional dangers of the materialism that the December holidays bring. Furthermore, if we start trying to look for things to appreciate in life they start popping up everywhere.
10 Ways to Share Your Gratitude with Others This Holiday Season
From the people who love and support you to the people who challenge you, here’s how to show your gratitude – to others and yourself:
- Share a specific example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
- Give them something of yours that you think they would enjoy, and let them know specifically why you want them to have it.
- Take an inventory of all the good things you’ve done for other people and the world.
- Listen fully if they’re having a difficult day, and recognize if they need space to figure things out on their own, not advice or help.
- Give a larger tip than usual.
- Write a hand-written thank you note, acknowledging things you value about them and their work.
- Be the calm, light voice in a stressful situation.
- Look them straight in the eyes and say, “You make the world a better place.”
- Resist the urge to tell them they’re wrong.
- Share the beauty that is you with the people around you, knowing they’re fortunate to have you in their lives.
Thanksgiving in particular reminds us to see people with the deepest appreciation for the gifts they’ve given us. Some gifts are more immediately obvious than others—the type that come with praise, affection, and genuine esteem. Seek out the ones that aren’t so beautifully wrapped to find gratitude in the most unlikely places.
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