As the holidays draw closer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with full schedules and long to-do lists. Practicing gratitude can make a world of difference in accessing more joy and appreciation – and less stress! – during this busy season.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are a few ideas to cultivate gratitude with your family and community and infuse your holiday season with warmth and connection.
1. Gratitude Jar
Start a gratitude jar or communal journal for your family members or community group to write down things they’re grateful for, acts of kindness they appreciate, and memorable moments they experience throughout the month. At the end of the month, make time to come together to read the notes of gratitude and celebrate all the appreciation present in your lives.
2. Gratitude Tree
Create a gratitude tree in a frequently used area in your home or community space. Family and community members can write on sticky notes to express what they are thankful for and attach them to the wall to create a gratitude tree. Watch it grow throughout the holiday season!
3. Gratitude Photo Project
Set up a photo project where family or community members take pictures of things they're grateful for in daily life. Compile these photos into a digital or physical album to create a beautiful reminder of ever-present gratitude in your lives.
4. Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Organize a gratitude-themed scavenger hunt for your family or community. Start by creating a list of items or experiences that prompt gratitude, such as spending time in nature, giving or receiving an act of kindness, or enjoying a laugh with someone. Enlist your family or community to share more ideas too! Work individually or in teams to complete the scavenger hunt and gather together to share your experiences.
5. Gratitude Community Potluck
Plan a family or community potluck where each participant brings a dish that represents gratitude to them. Encourage everyone to share the story behind their dish – why they chose it and its personal meaning. Dig in and enjoy!
Give these ideas a try to foster a deeper sense of gratitude and connection with your family and community this year. Cheers to a memorable holiday season with your loved ones.