With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it’s time to give thanks, appreciate what we have, let go of what we want, and be grateful and humbled. Here are some simple exercises to help you practice gratitude, appreciation, and giving thanks.
Think of a person who has helped you a lot or who means a lot to you– write a letter to that person about how much they mean to you and why you are thankful for them, send it or save it.
Draw a circle and write your name in it. Around the circle write and draw everything that you are thankful for.
Write a list of 5-10 things you are grateful for. Why are you grateful for them? Post your list somewhere you can see everyday.
How is where you are today different than a year ago? What changes are you grateful for?
Complete the statement… “I am thankful for…” Write, paint, draw each of the things you are thankful for.
What skills or abilities are you thankful to have? Write about them.
Stand in front of a mirror with as little clothing as possible and write down 10 qualities you are thankful for. For instance, it may be your 20/20 vision, the strength of your legs, the fact that you are a good friend. Make sure to include some physical features, it may be difficult.
What experiences or moments are you thankful to have? Write about them.
Bonus: Don’t Like Meditation? Try Gratitude Training. –Tim Ferriss