Gratitude lists and projects for November

Can you believe we are almost to November? I’m looking at my calendar for this week in disbelief, but also excitement because November means that everyone will be coming to my house for Thanksgiving! That is definitely something to be grateful for. When I take the time to have gratitude, my life is so much happier. I love that so many people challenge themselves to express more gratitude in the month of November and I feel inspired to join in as well.

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Psychology Today lists 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. 

  2. Gratitude improves physical health. 

  3. Gratitude improves psychological health. 

  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. 

  5. Grateful people sleep better. 

  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. 

  7. Gratitude increases mental strength. 

I don’t know about you, but I could use more of all of these things in my life! I want to spend more time recording the things I’m grateful for and gratitude lists give me a creative way to do that.

Ideas for Gratitude Lists and Projects:

Take time each day to list or photograph something you are thankful for. At the end of the month, you will have 30 entries!

  • Use the alphabet as a guide to list something you are grateful for starting with each letter.

  • Make a top ten list of things you are the most thankful for.

  • Write in a gratitude journal where you document events and feelings that you are grateful for

  • Hang up a chalkboard or whiteboard in your home and have friends and family write down the blessings they are grateful for.

  • Write a letter of thanks to someone.

  • Create a Thanksgiving tree using leaves and have everyone write down something they are thankful for.

  • Send out thank you notes for gifts and kindnesses you have received this year.

  • Go around the table during dinner (Thanksgiving dinner is a great time for this) and have everyone tell about something or someone they are thankful for.

  • Set out a blessings jar and have everyone drop in slips of paper listing their gratitude throughout the month, or even longer. Pick a time to read through them together as a family or group.

  • Put together a gratitude photo album or scrapbook to celebrate the many blessings in your life.

Here’s to a month of being more grateful!

Katie NelsonComment