Saying thanks often isn’t enough to show gratitude, a few words cannot prove that you are grateful for what you have. It’s not in the words we say, but in the actions we take to show that we are thankful. This week being Thanksgiving week, it’s especially important to be grateful to those that make our lives better. Being grateful doesn’t only better the lives of those who we are thanking, but it benefits the person who is saying thanks. If you take a few moments every day to sit down and write three things you’re thankful for, it’ll make each day seem better. Practicing being grateful is important because it encourages us to appreciate people in our lives more. Before I go to sleep, I try to think of some of the things I’m thankful for. Even if I don’t write it down, just reflecting on the people who made my day a little better makes me feel happier.
To me, it’s important to stay positive because it helps you to maintain a healthy attitude towards life; one of the ways to stay positive is to take a step back and realize what you’re thankful for. I am proud to say that I’m thankful for my friends, my family. My friends are so supportive and encouraging, they help me to cheer up when I’m upset and they give me constructive criticism when I show them my artwork. They’re always willing to help me learn and grow as they grow too. I’m thankful for my family who show me they care in their own unique ways. I’m also thankful for being able to participate in the Innovation Lab program and being able to choose to be in the program- many people don’t have such a choice. It’s honestly a privilege to be able to be in Innovation Lab and be able to work on projects that I actually have a passion for.
Aside from the people in my life, I am also grateful for the little things. I’m thankful for cups of peppermint tea, for my sketchbook, my adorable pets, my yellow shoes, and especially for my plants. Even though materialistic things aren’t important, they still make our lives a little brighter and I’m still thankful I have them.
This week, I will be working towards showing that I am thankful for the people in my lives rather than simply saying thanks on one day. I will give back to show that I care about them and they make an impact on my life.