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Giving Thanks

This year, we have so much to be thankful for. We have all been through so much societal change, living through the global pandemic. However, we now have a greater perspective and can see how much we take for granted in our daily life. As students, we are able to attend class in person and can make real relationships in class with peers and professors. We are able to get together with friends and family with less fear of spreading the virus. We are now finally able to live somewhat normally again. Looking back two years ago, I would not even recognize that these were blessings. Even though we all still face challenges every day, looking at the positives makes life that much better. Here are some ways to be more thankful, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Write down 3 things you are thankful for daily

Start each morning on a good note. I encourage you to try and find 3 things you are grateful for each morning and write them down in a journal, agenda, or even your notes app on your phone. Physically recording these items reinforces your thoughts and tells your brain to remember this throughout the day and encourages yourself to be more mindful.

Simply say “thank you”

From the person holding the door for you to the friend who let you vent about your day to them, simply say “thank you.” Showing your appreciation for someone for going out of their way for you goes a long way. Gratefulness is contagious.

Finding gratitude no matter the situation

Gratitude is not just reserved for positive experiences. When you face challenges, you can have the opportunity to examine what that experience has taught you and how you can grow from it in the future.

Every day is a gift

Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Take advantage of time and tell the people in your life that you are thankful for them. Appreciate the basic things in life such as being able to attend school or work, your health, or just waking up!

I hope everyone has safe travels and enjoys their Thanksgiving break! Use this time to relax, reflect, and reconnect with loved ones, and enjoy some yummy food!

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