I know, I know.  How cliché, a little ditty on gratitude the month of November.  That being said, I am having to exercise gratitude through patience in my own life and well, this is as much a refresher for me as it is for all of you.

  1.  Do something little but thoughtful—like clean up after Thanksgiving dinner, or just yourself in general.
  2. Give them your full attention when in a conversation.  This will usually mean phones down and some good ole eye contact.  This is also not a time to multitask.  Sit and give this human your undivided attention regardless of their age.
  3. Thank someone for introducing you to a new way of looking at things, even if you still don’t agree.  This has been a favorite of mine since the start of the pandemic, when there was and remains a heightened sense of differing opinions.  Through curiosity and the thirst for more knowledge, you can be grateful.
  4. Share a specific example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
  5. Give a larger tip than usual. Not naming any names, cough, cough…someone that might possibly share my last name😊
  6. Write a hand-written thank you note, acknowledging things you value about them, their work or something they have given you.  This is an oldie but a goodie and I can assure you that my mother’s relentless teachings of a thank you note have paid off ten-fold in my adult life.