It’s November again and we all know what that means.

Facebook is about to be overcome with everyone’s daily “I’m thankful for…” post.

We all feel the pressure to be thankful, especially at this time of year. But maybe the Facebook approach isn’t your thing — don’t worry it’s not mine either. Which is why I’ve compiled a list of ways in which you can express gratitude without blowing up the internet this holiday season by expressing gratitude for others, identifying God’s influence in your life, and performing humble service.

Genuinely Express Gratitude for Others

Giving and receiving sincere gratitude is truly rewarding. President Monson has taught that happiness is a grateful heart. Do we mean it when we wish for Happy Holidays? If so, why not start making that happiness a reality by experiencing a grateful heart? Try one of the follow suggestions below:

1) Post-It Note Challenge

Expressing gratitude can be as simple as scribbling a note on a Post-It.  For those of you who crave the One-a-day challenges, I encourage the Post-It Challenge:

1. Carry a stack of Post-It Notes with you wherever you go. (Don’t forget the pen!)

2. Identify an event or an individual for which you feel thankful.

3. Leave a note for that individual with or without a signature. (I prefer the anonymous note, myself.)

If you want to feel the true spirit of the season, reach out to your fellowman with appreciation for the things that they do that go unnoticed.

2) Dial-a-Thank-You

Is the postal service too slow for you? I would tell you to pick up your phone then, but chances are it’s already in your hands. A 30-second conversation on the phone with someone who has blessed your life, is hardly an inconvenience. “Hey Grandma, thanks for always sending a card on my birthday.” She needs to hear it as much as you need to say it.

3) Hit the Pause Button

It’s easy to offer a half-hearted ‘thanks’ as an after thought or on the way out the door. But when was the last time you stopped, looked an individual in the face, and sincerely thanked him or her? Try it and see what happens. Take a moment after a class, lesson, or meeting to thank those in charge. Pause on your way out of the grocery store to thank your cashier.

4) How About a Throw-Back to Snail Mail?

When was the last time you sent a Thank You card? Do Thank You cards even exist anymore? The answer is yes. Utilize them. Stamps are cheap too. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at creating your own Thank You cards. Local stationary and craft stores can give assistance in this area. (Make sure to thank the store clerks!)

5) Send a Call Heavenward as Well

Never forget the Giver of all life and all blessings. Often times I have found when I ask for nothing and thank Him for everything, I feel closer to Heaven.


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