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8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Join a Cause

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

On our last night of giving thanks, it is time to think about going forward. How can we bring our gratitude into the rest of the year, and into next year as well? The very best way is to become involved in a cause that is important to you. By joining a club or an organization, or volunteering regularly, you’ll gain greater appreciation for the world around you while making a difference. It’s a gratitude win-win.

Looking for an organization to help? Join Repair the World’s efforts by becoming a 2014-2015 Repair the World Fellow. Applications are due January 6, 2014.) Or check out Idealist.org to find another great fit for you.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Write Thank You Notes

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Chances are, you received or will be receiving a gift or two this holiday season. On the seventh night of giving thanks, now’s the time to remember to send thank you notes. Like always. Whether you unwrapped the gift of your dreams, or all you got was a bag of gelt from your great aunt Esther, someone thought about you and deserves to be thanked. And we don’t mean a text or an e-card. Now’s the time to break out the stamps and send a real, handwritten thank you note!

 

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Set a Visual Gratitude Reminder

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

On our sixth night of gratitude, it’s time for a check in. How’s it been going for you? Have you tapped into the magical realm of feeling truly grateful and expressing those feelings with others? Or, maybe not so much?

If you are struggling to stay motivated in your gratitude, a visual reminder can help. Find a quote, or a photograph, or an object that helps you tap into your reserves of gratitude and keep it in your line of sight. Whenever you need a little reminder that life has so many things to be grateful for, just take a look. You can even wear your gratitude on your sleeve.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Turn Negatives Into Positives

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full type of person? (Or one of those smart cookies who says the glass is always full – half with liquid, and half with air!) Now is your chance to live on the happy side of life.

Everybody has ups and downs in the course of their year, month, or eve day. On the fifth night of giving thanks, take a few minutes to turn some negatives in your life into positives by finding their silver lining. The more positive thoughts you think, the happier life will be – in this season of giving thanks and all year round.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Keep a Gratitude Journal

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always come naturally. One way to cultivate a sense of thankfulness is to start a gratitude journal. It’s easy: just write down the top 2 (or 5 or 10!) things you feel grateful for right now, and repeat on a regular basis.

Starting a gratitude journal can actually change your whole outlook on life. The more you actively think about and write down the things you fee; grateful for, the more you’ll begin to notice those moments appearing in your life. Here’s how to get started:

1. Get a journal. You can make notes on your computer if you like, but we recommend using a real, paper journal. It’s more fun that way!

2. Set a fixed journalling time. It can be lunch time, when you get home from work/school, right before bed – whenever makes the most sense for you. And consistency is key, so keep with it. Set a reminder on your phone to help you remember.

3. Write something. Some days you’ve got gratitude coming out of your ears; other days, not so much. But whether you write about something huge (the birth of your baby niece, graduating college, or the thoughtful birthday gift you received), or small (the smile you shared with the person checking out your groceries, not losing your keys for once), get in the practice of finding and writing about gratitude in your daily life.

4. Read it. Every month or two, take 20 minutes to read through what you’ve written. We bet you’ll have forgotten all about that one amazing thing that happened 5 weeks ago – and that reading about it will bring those feelings of gratitude right back!

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Share your advice and tips in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Gratitude at the Thanksgiving Table

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And starting tonight it’s alsoHanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so tonight – as we light the first Hanukkah candles (very early this year, we know!) – is the perfect time to think about how to bring gratitude to your table on Thanksgiving and all year round.

In between prepping your turkey, baking a pumpkin pie, and mashing those potatoes, take a second to write up some simple “gratitude cards” for your table. They could say things: “What are you thankful for this year?” “I couldn’t live without _______.” “My wish for everyone at this table: _______” or “Who are you most thankful for?” Decorate them however you’d like and scatter them across your dinner table tomorrow, encouraging guests to pick them up and answer them.

Jewish tradition also has a long tradition of giving thanks by blessing food before a meal, and expressing our satisfaction for having eating it after. Learn more about those blessings here and here, or find your own ways to express gratitude for the incredible bounty of Thanksgiving.

How will you give thanks at your Thanksgiving table? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.