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Cultivate Gratitude this November

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November is the perfect time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. Whether you share these thoughts with your loved ones at the dinner table or record them in a journal, there are many ways to show gratitude. Join our apartment community in Indianapolis, IN as we show gratitude during this holiday season.

An easy way to focus on things that you’re grateful for is to start writing in a gratitude journal. Head over to a local store and find a journal that stands out. While you might just choose a simple notebook, finding a journal that matches your style (maybe it has a great image on the cover) can help foster creativity.

As you begin to write, try to be consistent. Write at least three to five things that you are thankful for every day (morning or night, whatever works best for you). Also try to be as specific as you can. For example, instead of writing, “I’m grateful for my job,” you can write, “I really like the people I work with at my job,” or “I’m grateful I have a job; I know many people who don’t.” As you record things, you’ll begin to find new things that you’re grateful for — things you probably didn’t think of before.

Another fun way to reflect on what you’re thankful for is to go on a gratitude scavenger hunt. This is simple and can be done with friends and loved ones. Simply write down a list of topics. These can be things like “something that makes me smile” or “this has helped a lot of people to live better lives.” Write down 10 to 20 items. Then using your camera, go and take pictures of objects that represent those things you’ve written down.

If you’re doing this with friends, separate (individually or in teams), take photos, gather together, and compare the different photos. Make sure you don’t use a picture of the same object to cross off multiple items on your list. The whole point of this activity is to find as many things as you can to be grateful for.

Thanks for visiting the Artistry Blog. We hope you enjoy your November and holiday season!