Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is this week, and we at Pacific Cookie Company believe in practicing gratitude. Not just now, but always.

However, the winter can be hard for some people. Cold weather, darkened days, rain season—it’s all a huge change from the cheer that comes from summer. So, it’s important now to tap into the positivity that the holidays bring and stay mindful. Needing some ideas on how to practice gratitude? Here are some ideas!

1. Keep a gratitude journal, and write in it every day. It can be one word, three paragraphs—whatever you’re feeling that day. No matter how minor the occurrence or small the object, it’s worth writing down.

2. Thank those in your life. Thank colleagues for their help through difficult tasks; thank family for being kind and consistent; thank the janitor for all of their after-hours work; thank friends for always listening. You’ll pass along positivity to those in your life, and that joy will come back around.

3. Reach out those you love but don’t speak with often. How are your grandparents? When was the last time you called them just to catch up? Make their day and make the call. Try to talk about a variety of subjects, or ask about stories from their childhoods. They’ll love to bond with you and form a deeper connection.

4. Share little treats. Whether you’re making food for the homeless shelter, donating leashes and collars to the SPCA, or adopting a family for the holidays, share some joy. It doesn’t have to cost a thing—bake cookies or paint giftbags, for example. You can also partner up with friends and family for a cause and donate your time and efforts together.

5. Set an alarm for every other hour, then focus on grounding yourself with positive affirmations for 30 seconds when it rings. It doesn’t sound like much time, but bringing your attention to the good can be helpful in our overwhelming season. Think about your dog, your volunteer work, the upcoming holidays, family—whatever brings you back to the now.

We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. From all of us, stay safe, and stay grateful!

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