Thankful Thursday is a popular, but necessary, way to pause each week and give thanks. It gives us an opportunity to focus specifically on the things that we are grateful for in our lives.
It is easy to get wrapped up in everything going wrong around us, but Thankful Thursday helps us to take a step back and focus on the positive. A day focused on practicing gratitude is a fantastic way to start your gratitude routine. It’s an effective way to set the tone for the rest of your week and can also help you notice and appreciate what you have and who you love.
What is Thankful Thursday?
Thankful Thursday is a widely observed tradition observed by millions of people around the world. People are thankful for the things that have happened in their day, their best moments, and an opportunity to share them with the world. It is a day to reflect on all of what you are grateful for in your life. It is easy to get wrapped up in everything going wrong around us, but Thankful Thursday helps us to take a step back and focus on the positive.
Let’s face it, sometimes we need some inspiration on where to start our gratitude focus. It can be tough to stay focused on the good things in life, and we often find ourselves fixating on what’s wrong. Thankful Thursdays help us answer the question: “How do you focus your gratitude?”
The idea of “Thankful Thursdays” is to focus on the things you are grateful for, every Thursday. The intention behind this is to find more joy in the little things in life that we often take for granted. This weekly ritual has helped me put my worries into perspective and remember how fortunate I am in many aspects of my life.
Start a #ThankfulThursday Habit in One Simple Step
ThankfulThursday is a simple and easy way to force yourself to be grateful through one small task every Thursday. It is a quick way for you to change your mindset so that you are constantly thankful, even in the midst of tough times. Some gratitude action tasks you could incorporate into your routine include:
- posting a Thankful Thursday quote every week on social media to inspire yourself and others
- choosing a new gratitude quote or affirmation to focus on each week
- starting a gratitude journal
- writing a thank you note to someone new each week
- incorporating gratitude in your daily routine by focusing on the positive
One simple change to your routine can make a world of difference!
How to Increase Your Happiness by Sharing What We’re Thankful For
In a world where it is so easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated, we can easily forget how much we have to be grateful for. It’s time to take a step back and recognize what we have going on that makes us happy.
Start by going through your list of things that you’re thankful for and then make sure you share them with the people in your life.
Share pictures of the things you’re thankful for on social media, or even send someone an actual card. Letting others know how much they mean to you will make both of you happier!
Why it is Important to Express Gratitude?
Giving thanks is good for your health. Really! Scientists have proven it! It reduces blood pressure, depression levels, and anxiety while also helping you to have a better day. Gratitude is our natural response to the good in our lives.
It’s important to remember that feeling grateful isn’t about feeling obligated or superior to others. All it takes is the slightest gesture of thoughtfulness – even something as small as saying “thank you” – to make someone’s day.
It’s likely that the more upbeat attitude of happy people contributes to their longer life expectancy. A whole lot of research has shown that happy people are generally more productive at work than unhappy people.
20 Thankful Thursday Ideas and Conversation Starters
Wondering where to start with your gratitude? Here are some conversation starters. These can be used in your journaling, family conversations, and on social media.
1 – What is the ONE thing you are MOST grateful for in your life right now?
2 – Name 5 things you are grateful for this week.
3 – Who is someone you cannot imagine your life without?
4 – What is a way you can show more gratitude every day?
5 – Do you feel that you appreciate the good in your life often enough?
6 – What is something that made you smile today?
7 – Name something surprising that happened to you recently.
8 – What is something fun you experienced in the last year?
9 – Talk about a challenge you are happy to have overcome.
10 – Who is someone who has taught you an important life lesson? What was the lesson?
11 – List 3 things that were difficult to live through, but you are now grateful for the experience.
12 – Show how grateful you are for your family.
13 – Describe why you are grateful for your pets.
14 – Talk about how the work you do has changed your life.
15 – List 5 memories from your childhood you are grateful to have.
16 – Reflect on a quote or song that focuses on gratitude.
17 – Share why you are thankful for your closest friend. Bonus: Send them a card or letter to let them know.
18 – Who is someone that’s made a difference in your life? How? Why?
19 – How has someone else’s gratitude made a difference in your life?
20 – Create a list of people you want to write thank you cards to and why. (Bonus points if you send them out.)
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Michelle D. Garrett is the founder of Divas With A Purpose.
She focuses on sharing resources for being purposely productive; setting personal and professional goals and achieving them through daily action; and successfully running a business while focusing on your mental health. Michelle is a full-time entrepreneur who specializes in teaching female entrepreneurs how to show up consistently in their business – online and off.