8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Keep a Gratitude Journal

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always come naturally. One way to cultivate a sense of thankfulness is to start a gratitude journal. It’s easy: just write down the top 2 (or 5 or 10!) things you feel grateful for right now, and repeat on a regular basis.

Starting a gratitude journal can actually change your whole outlook on life. The more you actively think about and write down the things you fee; grateful for, the more you’ll begin to notice those moments appearing in your life. Here’s how to get started:

1. Get a journal. You can make notes on your computer if you like, but we recommend using a real, paper journal. It’s more fun that way!

2. Set a fixed journalling time. It can be lunch time, when you get home from work/school, right before bed – whenever makes the most sense for you. And consistency is key, so keep with it. Set a reminder on your phone to help you remember.

3. Write something. Some days you’ve got gratitude coming out of your ears; other days, not so much. But whether you write about something huge (the birth of your baby niece, graduating college, or the thoughtful birthday gift you received), or small (the smile you shared with the person checking out your groceries, not losing your keys for once), get in the practice of finding and writing about gratitude in your daily life.

4. Read it. Every month or two, take 20 minutes to read through what you’ve written. We bet you’ll have forgotten all about that one amazing thing that happened 5 weeks ago – and that reading about it will bring those feelings of gratitude right back!

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Share your advice and tips in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Let People Know You Appreciate Them

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Do you ever feel under-appreciated? Do you ever find yourself thinking that all your hard work has gone unnoticed? We’ve all been there. And together, we can all change that!

On the fourth night of giving thanks, make a commitment to give someone a compliment every day. Yep, every single day. Like the mailman’s tie? Tell him! Appreciate the sandwich your friend shared with you the other day when you forgot to bring yours? Let them know how generous they are. Think your coworker’s been doing an awesome job lately? Make their day with a compliment. (And maybe, if you’re feeling super generous, bring them a cupcake while you’re at it.) Show the people that you’re close to, or even those you do not know that you are grateful for them. You will make their day, and yours too.

#GivingTuesday 2013

On Thursday we gave thanks, now let’s give back!

From the genius minds of Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the 92nd Street Y, and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday is now in its second year and transforming the way people think about this consumer-driven season.

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Why shouldn’t there be a day for giving back?” asks Timms.

As of today, more than 2,000 charities, for-profit businesses, community groups, religious groups, and schools have committed to launch their own volunteer and charity-centric projects as part of the #GivingTuesday movement. With the launch off to a strong start, the campaign aspires to become part of our national holiday season lexicon, joining the likes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as an annual staple to look forward to.

 So what can YOU do to get involved?

You can also work with us! Donate to Repair the World this #GivingTuesday, and every dollar will be matched by our friends at the Case Foundation!

There are no rules when it comes to who, what or how you give – you’re encouraged to think creatively based on your own unique interests and skills. Are you designing a new flier for your favorite charity? Volunteering with your youth group?

Tell us what us what you’re doing @RepairTheWorld or connect with us on Facebook!

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Gratitude 2.0

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Like everything, cultivating a sense of gratitude – feeling grateful for the good things in your life, and expressing that gratefulness to others – doesn’t always come naturally. It can take practice. Fortunately, there are a ton of useful apps and websites out there that make feeling and sharing gratitude simple and fun. From gratitude journal apps to apps that let you send a treat to friends as a way of saying thanks, here are some of our faves:

ThankfulFor This website lets people post their feelings of gratitude publicly or set up a gratitude journal.

Gratitude 365 Keep a gratitude journal with this easy-to-use app, and never lose track of the things that make you feel grateful.

Gratitude Stream Let friends and family instantly know what you’re feeling grateful for with this app.

Treater This Smartphone app lets people send gifts to friends – a great way to say “thanks!”

Red Stamp This app lets people send personalized cards via mail, email, text, or social media. Why not send one to say “thank you?”

How do you use technology to help cultivate gratitude in your daily life? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Gratitude at the Thanksgiving Table

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And starting tonight it’s alsoHanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so tonight – as we light the first Hanukkah candles (very early this year, we know!) – is the perfect time to think about how to bring gratitude to your table on Thanksgiving and all year round.

In between prepping your turkey, baking a pumpkin pie, and mashing those potatoes, take a second to write up some simple “gratitude cards” for your table. They could say things: “What are you thankful for this year?” “I couldn’t live without _______.” “My wish for everyone at this table: _______” or “Who are you most thankful for?” Decorate them however you’d like and scatter them across your dinner table tomorrow, encouraging guests to pick them up and answer them.

Jewish tradition also has a long tradition of giving thanks by blessing food before a meal, and expressing our satisfaction for having eating it after. Learn more about those blessings here and here, or find your own ways to express gratitude for the incredible bounty of Thanksgiving.

How will you give thanks at your Thanksgiving table? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.

Repair the World’s Gratitude Month: Transformation

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. It is also the first month of the Repair the World Fellowship program.
We will be introducing you to our whole team of fellows – awesome people serving and working in cities across the country – soon. In the meantime, we reached out to them to ask: what are you grateful for? Their answers, which we will share throughout the month, might just inspire you.

Today’s Repair the World’s Fellows are grateful for: TRANSFORMATIONS

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Repair the World’s Gratitude Month: Family

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. It is also the first month of the Repair the World Fellowship program.We will be introducing you to our whole team of fellows – awesome people serving and working in cities across the country – soon. In the meantime, we reached out to them to ask: what are you grateful for? Their answers, which we will share throughout the month, might just inspire you.

Today’s Repair the World’s Fellows are grateful for: FAMILY.

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Repair the World’s Gratitude Month: Friends, Family, & Mentors

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. It is also the first month of the Repair the World Fellowship program.

We will be introducing you to our whole team of fellows – awesome people serving and working in cities across the country – soon. In the meantime, we reached out to them to ask: what are you grateful for? Their answers, which we will share throughout the month, might just inspire you.

Today’s Repair the World’s Fellows are grateful for: FRIENDS, FAMILY, & MENTORS

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8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Night 1

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And starting tonight it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.
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