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by Roy Saunderson | November 17, 2015
Thanksgiving is more than a day off from work, turkey dinners, and being with family and friends. It's also an opportunity to express gratitude and thanks to the people we work, live, and associate with. Consider these "Top 10 Ways to Give More Thanks at Thanksgiving" for a more meaningful holiday.

1. Look in the rear view mirror of the past. Share experiences from past family Thanksgiving get-togethers. Look at photo albums with others to relive the positive memories of family and friends over past holidays and be thankful for these relationships in your life. 

2. Count your blessings of the present. Never take for granted the little things and the good fortune each of us has received. Stop and examine the physical, emotional, and relational gifts you have. There may be a few challenges, but look at what you can learn from them.

3. Looking ahead to the future. There are always things to look forward to and activities you can make happen that will brighten your life and others' lives. The key here is to keep having a hopeful and optimistic attitude in your life on a daily basis. 

4. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. No matter how grateful you are feeling right now, we can all do a better job with improving our thinking. Develop this attitude by repeating positive affirmations like, "Every day in every way I am getting better and better."

5. Write gratitude journal entries.
Drs. Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough found that individuals who wrote about things they were grateful for were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. This simple action influenced physical benefits too.

6. Send a letter of thanks to someone.
 Consider someone you never properly thanked for their kindness or contribution made in your life. While you could certainly mail the letter, researchers have found that personally delivering a letter was a happiness booster to the writer (to say nothing of the recipient). 

7. Expressing gratitude face-to-face. One study of couples found that individuals who made time to express gratitude for their partner felt more positive toward the other person. This helped them become more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.

8. Genuinely thank your employees. It's true: managers who say "thank you" to people who work for them are more likely to have more motivated employees who even work harder. Be specific with what you're thanking them for and highlight the difference they have made.

9. Do something generous for someone. People who carry out a generous act find it easier to keep making them. Whether helping a colleague in the office by staying late or giving a donation or some food to a homeless person, practice generosity.

10. Develop a thankful mindset. Take time to be more thankful and generous in your life. The helter-skelter, noisy lives we live can distract us from doing what we inherently would love to do. Do random acts of selfless kindness and raise your thankfulness levels.