Thanksgiving is among us and as we prepare for the family fun and good food, we can’t forget the purpose of the holiday. Taking time to acknowledge what you’re thankful for is important and it can be done in various ways. Here are four ways to practice gratitude this Thanksgiving and for the rest of the year.

Four Ways to Practice Gratitude

Write it Down

One of the simplest and most common ways to practice gratitude is to write it down. There’s something about writing things down that makes the gratitude more tangible and can make you more aware of it. There are various ways you can do this. You can start a gratitude journal that you write in daily, once or twice. You could also take time to start a gratitude jar. You can put two to three things you’re thankful for in the jar daily; so you’re feeling down, you can read a few.

Share it With Others

When is the last time you told someone how much you appreciate them and what you appreciate them for? It makes people feel good to hear those types of affirmations, especially if they may not hear them often. Giving this gift of these positive words, can in turn make you feel good as well.

Complain Less

I get it, we all have bad days. How often do you find yourself complaining about something on a daily? I know a few people who struggle with this and it can be a downer. Not just for you, but others around you. Instead of saying, “I don’t want anything in my refrigerator”, be appreciative that you have food. Instead of saying, “I’m so tired and in a bad mood”, be thankful that you woke up. “Instead of complaining about your crappy job”, be thankful that you have the means to meet an end. Does that mean you can’t have a bad day? Sure. However, you should choose at least one day to conscience about not complaining.

Practice Self-Love

Women spend a lot of time taking care of others and pouring into others. It can be difficult to do the same for ourselves. Showing yourself love and appreciation is also a form of gratitude and it’s one you shouldn’t ignore. Take time to look in the mirror and say, “I’m thankful for you, I love you.”

How do you practice gratitude?