November is National Gratitude Month. When we think of gratitude, we focus on the things that we have or are given to us. What if we spent some of our time focused on giving to others. Most people think of giving during the week of Thanksgiving as that is the traditional time that we truly focus on the things that are great in our lives. Many people give to food banks, serve at rescue shelters, or spend time giving or sharing with those less fortunate. This year, consider doing something for our retired and injured military. November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s day is our national holiday to celebrate those who serve in the military- mostly those who are retired. You can participate in Veteran’s Day as well as give someone else something to be grateful for by writing letters. Sending a letter or card to a veteran thanking them for all they do or did for our country can bolster their confidence, remind them of how much we appreciate their sacrifices, and build a sense of community for them and you. Below are some ways you to send letters and cards to veterans for Veteran’s Day.
Support Our Troops
13791 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33613.
Card and Letter Writing Campaign
Helping Disabled Veterans
A Million Thanks Operation
You can also send donations and letters to help wounded veterans to the Red Cross
American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
8550 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031
Books About Being GratefulThe Giving Tree by Silverstein The Thank You Book by Willems
Gratitude is the Best Way to Be A Better Person
As Thanksgiving rolls around each November, schools and families look for ways to instill an attitude of gratitude in children and students. Studies show that when children practice expressing gratitude, they have higher levels of optimism, increased life satisfaction, and decreased negative feelings. Additionally, children who regularly express gratitude appreciate close relationships and feel better about life and school. Being grateful takes practice, but it leads us right to happiness. Think about what you are thankful for, every day, and your mindset will begin to change. You will see more positive and positive is a great thing. Check out the video for more information and ways to identify gratitude!
Practice Gratitude Video