November is a month of reflection and gratefulness. Every day we should embrace this but the holidays bring out these emotions. Giving back to one another and the community is one of the most humanly things we can do. Over the years I have collected and acknowledged some pretty great moments of thoughtfulness. I would like to share ten of the best ways (in my opinion) that you can spread grateful juju:
1. Pay for someone’s coffee when you go through a drive-thru. That way, the barista already knows what the person behind you has ordered. Sometimes I wait to see their reaction in my rear view mirror, it will make your day!
2. Donate to a new charity that you’ve never heard of before. Bring some hope and endearment to a new meaningful cause.
3. Leave a post-it on someone’s car door next time you’re grocery shopping. Or even on a grocery cart! A quote or just a simple “You are loved.” You never know how much someone may need to hear that.
4. Write a letter to an essential worker. Whether it be a nurse, doctor, bus driver, or your favorite teller at the bank. Let them know how thankful you are for putting everyone first before themselves during these Covid times.
5. This past summer when I was in Maine with my family, I pulled my Dad aside and told him how much I appreciated him. He said that he doesn’t think anyone has ever told him that and how much it meant for me to say it to him. Tell someone today how much you appreciate them in your life, it will mean so much to them.
6. We have all had piggy banks at some point in our lives. This is what I call the grateful jar. Every day for a month, write something you’re grateful for that day and put it in the jar. At the end of the month, look and see all the things you wrote down.
7. Bring some cookies to your neighbor(s)! Even if you’re not a good baker, you can buy the ones already made at the grocery store and just pop them in the oven! A warm plate of cookies is always something to smile about.
8. When you’re out for a walk in your neighborhood and see some trash, pick it up! I usually bring some disposable gloves and a bag to put the trash in and throw it away when I get home. This is an easy way to help the community and the earth.
9. Read a child or children a book online! There are virtual readings that you can sign up for. Check your local children’s centers too and let them know you would like to do this as a free event!
10. Lastly, ask a loved one if they are okay. Your cousin that you haven’t seen since they got married last year or your Aunt that lives alone. Just asking that simple question can help.
There’s no time like now to be grateful and giving towards one another. Let November be our guiding light that leads us to a new year full of hope.