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How to Practice Gratitude this November and for the Rest of Our Lives

Not only is gratitude great for your mind, but it’s also associated with improved sleep, a reduction in physical pain, and lower blood pressure.

In this quick-paced world we live in, it is but natural to lapse into a routine and take the things we have for granted. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. With just a little bit of effort, and practice you can make gratitude second nature to you.

And what better time to start than November?

Here’s are a few simple things you can do to express your November gratitude!

Keep a Gratitude Jar

A gratitude jar is a great way to keep track of things you appreciate. It can serve as a reminder of the special things in your life, especially when you’re feeling down or upset.

All you need to do is find a jar, or even a box that you like and place it somewhere accessible in your room. Now, whenever you’re in a positive mood, ask yourself why that is. Perhaps you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy because your furry friend is being particularly adorable today.

Write that down on a piece of paper and put it in your jar.

And that’s it! Whenever you feel good, or positive, make it a point to identify the thing or person that made you feel like this and write it down. You’ll soon have a box full of gratitude to turn to!

Use Your Words to Show Appreciation

Doesn’t it feel great to be appreciated? Let’s toss some of that love and gratitude into the world. Make an effort to really thank someone who’s done something nice for you.

Very often we become so accustomed to someone doing a certain thing for us, that the most we can muster up is a casual “thanks”, or sometimes not even that. This November, let’s take a moment to recognize the gesture even if it is routine.

Write thank-you notes, throw in a thoughtful gift, or just tell someone just how much you value them.

Give Back

We are thankful for what we have because we recognize that it brings us joy, comfort, or convenience. We also recognize that there are many people out there who would like to have what we have but do not have it.

That’s why giving back to our communities, whether in St. Charles or otherwise, is the essence of gratitude. Gratitude is the most powerful when it is contagious. So if you have something to be grateful for, the single most important thing you can do is to spread that joy by giving someone else a reason to be happy and appreciative.

You can do this by volunteering in your neighborhood, donating food or clothing, working in an animal shelter or even teaching someone a new skill.

Practice Gratitude All Year Round

It is important to keep that November gratitude alive every single month. Not only is it a defining element of your own wellness, but it can also impact those around you.

At Community Strong, we are all about gratitude, wellness, and positivity. We organize all kinds of special events based on generosity, giving back, and more. Find out how you can participate here!