Thankful Activities

Gratitude Boost Thankful Activity
Do you need to see more blessings in your life? Here are some activities to try to be more grateful on today’s Thankful Thursday! Help spread gratitude and love today.

Gratitude Boost Thankful Activity #1
Idea and Quotes from Time Out!

Make a Big HitCompliments make us want to do better in simple but important ways. Gordon B. Hinckley said:

“I am suggesting that as we go through life we ‘accentuate the positive.’ I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort. I am not asking that all criticism be silenced. Growth comes of correction. …

“What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears”

As a result, receiving sincere compliments affects us for good. Consequently, so does giving them. I believe that when compliments come from the heart, they bring with them increased connection, confidence and love. Much communication seems to be done through social media today. This makes it very difficult to hear if someone is being positive or sarcastic. How can we accentuate the positive more with those we care about and bring more love in the world today? Furthermore, can we be more positive with ourselves so we can bring more change for good.

Gratitude Boost Thankful Activity #2
“I’m Thankful for You”

Mark Twain said a good compliment could carry him for two months. I know that there are several compliments that have carried me for years like the one given to my in the Smile Power blog post.
Likewise, family members can lift one another with a list of compliments in the “I’m Thankful for You” activity.
This year I have done something similar, but a little secretive. I have a mason jar where I write down little compliments about each of my family members. I call it my I See You Jar. Many kind actions go unnoticed. Much gratitude goes left unsaid. Therefore, I wanted to be more mindful of those small things my family does. When I have filled the jar or maybe at the end of the year, I want to share the jar with members of my family. Similarly, when my family hears that their actions were seen, they will feel lifted, recognized and loved. When that happens, we can keep moving those good actions forward.

Consequently, this simple activity is something anyone can do to express gratitude and love.

 

Gratitude Boost Thankful Activity #3
One-a-Day Compliments

This article shares a story about a mother who had several children and she tried to give a genuine compliment to each of her children every day. She shares 3 ways to encourage positive self-images in others. Too often, we only comment on the misbehavior in children. As a result, children can start to only hear their negative qualities and not know how to see their talents and gifts.

Compliments go a long way toward improving a child’s self-esteem.

I have noticed as a mother of children ages 11, 9, and almost 3, it’s very easy to compliment the youngest one because they are so new to the world and learning so many things we can see. On the other hand, my older children it takes more effort to see the things they are learning and how they are growing because most of their growth is mental and emotional growth.  It’s much harder to know, at least for me, to find ways to let them grow in these areas. It’s not as simple as teaching them how to clean up their toys or share. We are teaching them to problem solve and discover their talents.

One quote from this story, “Children will often become whatever we tell them they are. If they feel loved and accepted if we center our attention on what they do well rather than on their failures and mistakes they will feel a sense of accomplishment and self-respect. However, if we fail to reinforce a child’s good behavior with encouragement, he may become discouraged and misbehave to gain attention.” I hope with my I See You Jars, it can help my children recognize their talents and see their growth.

As children grow up, they feel small and inadequate in the adult world. They make mistakes and are very much aware of their failures. But if we will remember to supplement their development daily with learning opportunities, encouragement, and sincere compliments, we can be assured that we are nourishing their self-esteem and potential for growth. Linda Turley Turner, Heber City, Utah

My Gratitude Activity

Typically in November, I like to do a 30 Days of Gratitude. One year I focused on giving a compliment to a person in my life such as past friends, former co-workers, family members, etc. I chose at least one person every day; sometimes it was a group of people. It helped me to see how my life has been blessed by such good people and without them I would be different than who I am today. I encourage you to send some gratitude to someone who has blessed your life. If you’d like we can spotlight your gratitude post here. You can email or send us a direct message through our social media accounts or you can register your blog here, and we have a section for a gratitude post.

In conclusion, we can choose to be grateful by doing something each day to show those around us our appreciation and love. We can accentuate the positive, give specific and genuine compliments, and we can do these things daily. How will you share your gratitude today? What small actions from others have you noticed today? Was a smile brought to your face? Did someone open the door for you? Was your drink get paid for by someone ahead of you in the drive through? Did a friend call you when you were feeling down? These small simple actions add up and bring love in the world. The world needs more love.

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