One of the best ways to make someone happy is to tell them how much you appreciate them, but so often it is only thought and never told. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and being thankful! You don't need to give someone a big gift (or a small one for that matter) or a special experience to make them be happy. A simple "I appreciate you" can go a long way. Like I said before it's so often overlooked and forgotten about. It's assumed that someone knows that you appreciate them. For me, I definitely don't say it to my mom or grandma enough. The things they do for me should constantly be appreciated but instead I just assume. This Thanksgiving I am going to do my best to not assume. Everyone I appreciate, which is a lot so I probably won't get everyone or not even close to everyone, but everyone I appreciate should know! All the little things and the big things, even just the smile in the hallway at high school is something I appreciate, but I'm sure they don't actually know how I feel. My friends change my life in ways because of what I have appreciated of them. If I didn't appreciate them or what they did, I would still be the same person I was before I met them. They don't know I appreciated it, even though I do. I need to tell them and remind them how happy they make me.
When Thanksgiving comes, rather than posting something on Facebook that says "I'm grateful for all of you," why not send a text to ten. Spending that same amount of time posting, you can make ten people feel special and feel happy, rather than creating another post on Facebook that will take someone's attention away from their family for the day. Most people won't even read your post fully and if they do there is a large chance it won't make them smile like a text from you personally. With the holidays coming you could even text one person every day until Christmas and just tell them why you appreciate them (but there isn't a need to do that on social media either... that's how you make others sad while making others happy). Instead just make that person happy, no one else needs to know! Send an email or a text or even give them a phone call! Appreciation can go a long way all you have to do is say it! I'd like to give a challenge to everyone who reads this! CHALLENGE: Text, email, or call 12 people today and let them know how much you appreciate them. 12 because that's only half the amount of hours that are in the day which means it is more than possible! Let me know if you successfully complete the challenge and tell me how it went. I would love to hear! (and I might even blog about the different experiences if I get enough!) I guarantee it will even bring a smile to your face as you think about the amazing things people have done for you in your life. I appreciate each and every one of you for reading this blog and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!