Why not extend Thanksgiving into Thanksliving!

Gratitude and Appreciation

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, how much thought and effort do you really put into this day? Do you spend time being grateful and thankful for your friends and family? Or are you just glad that you get an extra day off work?

As with any type of holiday, it’s easy to overlook the true meaning of the day. This is why it is so important that you put the time into being thankful at this time of year. While many people will state they do spend Thanksgiving being thankful, is this the only day of the year that they do?  Why not express thanks and gratitude all year long?

Instead of having a focus only on Thanksgiving, why not cultivate a daily practice of Thanksliving?

Thanksliving is to have a mindset of Thanksthinking, accompanied by compassionate actions to demonstrate your gratitude.

You don’t have to save your thanks for your family and friends for just one day of the year. Get into the habit of letting all those people know just how special they are to you throughout the year.

You can do this in very simple ways, such as sending them a quick thank you note or email. You could also send out a Tweet, Facebook message, or a text message on your phone.

Traditions are lovely for this time of year too. Why not start a new family Thanksgiving tradition this year? This might consist of taking a family photo or just sitting around the fireplace, sharing childhood memories and stories. Every family member easily treasures these small moments for years to come.

If you intend to hit those sales this weekend, you can make this a special day with your family.  Also, take a few moments and be grateful for those employees who are working. Don’t forget to smile and say “thank you” to them.

Even from a stranger, any small action can brighten up anyone’s day, especially for those who have to work when they would much rather be home enjoying the day with their family.

About the author

Robin Lavitch, MA, CPC, is the founder of Surpass Your Goals, a coaching practice for entrepreneurs, executives, tweens, school administrators, and more. Her capacity to connect with audiences, elicit thought-provoking ideas and clarify personal ambitions prepares people to apply that knowledge instantaneously to accelerate their own results in leadership, sales, and time management.