9 Ways to be More Thankful All Year

Thankfulness is not a state of being. It’s not something you are born into or discover. It’s not something that comes naturally or that you accidentally wake up feeling. Thankfulness is something you practice, that you develop intentionally.

9 ways to be thankful all year - not just at Thanksgiving

In the United States, this is the week that we all are mindful of thankfulness. Perhaps we even share some things for which we are thankful around the table on Thursday, and resolve to be more thankful next year.

And then Friday comes. That thankful feeling is replaced by the same mundane feelings of every other day.

Thankfulness should be an everyday practice. Thankfulness is directly tied to your levels of productivity and performance, and therefore your success at work, your income, and the stability of your relationships.

In short, thankfulness is one of the lynchpins in determining your ability to live out your calling, achieve your dreams, and change the world.

So, how can you be more thankful throughout the year? Here are 9 ways.

Love the unlovable. Smile at a Stranger. Laugh Until it Hurts.

Family.

Friends.

This community here.

Turkey.

Expandable waist pants (just sayin’ they’re handy this time of year)

I’m thankful for all of these.

Love Smile Laugh

As is often the case this time of year, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.

Somberly, I look back on the year and realize how often I let moments that should have brought so much joy just slip by. I think of all the times I failed to recall, relive, and express my gratitude.

But this time is different. This time I vow to allow the simple moments to take me away. I will allow them to become vivid memories. I will relive them over and over, share them with others, and become a more grateful person.