Being a student can get hectic sometimes! Trying to balance assignments, homework, tests with extra-curricular activities like sport, work, volunteering AND trying to spend time with friends and family can all get a bit much. I find that spending some time reflecting on what I am grateful for can help me appreciate the craziness and find some clarity.
Last Monday was World Gratitude Day, a day to celebrate this appreciation and being grateful for the things around you. World Gratitude Day started in Hawaii in 1965 and has grown ever since. It’s intended to bring the world together to reflect on what makes them grateful and challenges us to share this gratitude.
Take a look at some of the ways that you can express gratitude below!
Say it with words
Have a chat with someone! Let them know you are grateful for them and tell them why. Catch up with a friend over a coffee or by doing something you love together and be intentional with your interaction. Use the moment to express your gratitude.
Write a thank-you note
Don’t want to say it with words? Why not write it down in a thank you note for a friend. Get out some cute paper and pens and put your thoughts into writing. Leave it somewhere they will find it.
Take a moment to reflect
Slow down for a moment. Take note of everything around you that you are grateful for. Go for a walk or find a nice lookout and be present in the moment. Take note of what is going on around you. Maybe even detail what you observe in a journal.
Random act of kindness
Actions speak louder than words! Pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness for someone you are grateful for. It could be a bit of baking for a friend or helping your family around the house. Every little action no matter how small can help and make a difference for those around you!
These are just some ideas of what you can do to express gratitude for the world around you! Let us know any other ways you like to express gratitude.
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Gratitude is all around us but sometimes finding the ways to bring it into our life can be a bit tricky.
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