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It’s a common practice for people to share what they are thankful for around Thanksgiving, but it’s important to do more than just tell others what you’re thankful for.

While it is great to tell people you’re thankful for their presence in your life, a statement like that rings hollow without any effort to back it up. 

Making an effort to be more forward-facing with your gratitude is actually easy. If you’re grateful for your friends, tell them you appreciate them more often, or reach out to them if you have not talked to them. 

If a professor has impacted you, thank them. If they’re having a bad day, bring them coffee or their favorite food. Don’t offer to talk if you’re not willing to actually listen to them.

If you’re thankful for your parents, make an effort to reach out to them first to show them you’re thinking of them more often or do something nice for them.

The important part is to make an effort to be proactive in talking to other people. Don’t just wait for people to come to you.  

This does not just apply to people, though. If someone is thankful to a local group, they could make an effort to regularly donate money or their time to the organization. If a celebrity has made a positive impact on your life, you could do the same for a charity they support.

Even if you’re just thankful for the life you’re living, you could use that gratitude to try and help others. Most areas have a homeless shelter or a food pantry that needs volunteers, and that is a good way for people  to both help out others who are less fortunate and to remind themselves about the good things they have.

The cliche, “it’s the thought that counts”, actually applies here. Someone going out of their way to support the things they appreciate, even if it is just as simple as sending someone a text to let them know you are thinking of them, can make someone’s day.

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