5 Meaningful Ways to Be Thankful This November

Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month??

Gratitude is an active process of acknowledging goodness and recognizing its source.

Gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of health and well being

November is truly a time of giving thanks, and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, we want to reflect on the gratitude we can express towards those involved in our lives.

Here are 5 meaningful ways to give thanks this November!


1. Handwritten Letters

Handwritten letters and notes are simple and meaningful ways to give thanks to the people in your life. These small gestures can mean the world to someone and give you an opportunity to express gratitude towards the people you love! Tip: if you get stuck while writing - try to think of something specific that you are grateful for. This can be anything that you appreciate about that person. A small, thoughtful note can have a huge impact on someone’s day!


2. Keep a Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is by keeping a gratitude journal! Keeping a gratitude journal is easy, it involves making a note of the things that you are grateful for that day. You can decide how long your list is each day, and how much detail you want to go into. Start a collection of little grateful moments, and literally watch all the good in your life pile up! 


3. Volunteer Your Time

You can always donate your time by volunteering. Many of United Way of Northwest Georiga’s Community Partners always need volunteers. Volunteering is selfless and a wonderful way to express gratitude towards the organizations and people working to help others. Contact summer.mosteller@ourunitedway.org to help you get connected with a local agency so you can start volunteering today!


4. Donate Unwanted Belongings

Even though you don’t want your old clothes anymore, it’s guaranteed that someone else could use them. There are many people in need of usable clothing. There are disaster victims, impoverished families, homeless individuals, and children in need of clothing. Your donations can help! When you throw away your clothes, they have no chance of reaching people who need them the most. If you’re wondering where to donate items like clothing or household items, The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore are always taking donations. You can also contact our Community Solutions Directors at margaret.zeisig@ourunitedway.org. She can tell you where the needs are the greatest & point you in the right direction.


5. Support a Cause

If there’s a problem in the world that you feel passionately about– research organizations who are doing something about it. During a time of reflecting on all of the blessings that we have, it is equally as important to remember that others - sometimes our own neighbor or the person we work with everyday - may not be as fortunate. Give to organizations who support causes that you care about. Make a difference in your community.

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