Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is just so simple: make good food, eat and share with loved ones, be grateful. Easy. I love Thanksgiving so much I try to celebrate it every day, or at least the being grateful part. Giving thanks is a practice that I guarantee will boost your mood. I’m 100% sure there are studies on this but I hope I don’t need statistical graphs to prove to you that if you spend 5 minutes thinking about things that you are grateful for you will feel happier and lighter for at least the window of time during and after those 5 minutes. (If you want the graphs just let me know and I’ll dig up some research for you). Think about it though, if your brain is full of things that make you happy, wouldn’t you expect to feel happier? Even if it’s just for a little bit? Give it a try and let us know how it goes.
Below are 6 different ways to not only take a moment to give thanks but to do so with a crafty, artistic flare. Some activities are definitely better suited for little ones but many are accessible for all ages. I think they’d all make great decorations to spruce up your home, classroom or office this holiday season or, if you’re like me, all year long because why should we limit gratitude to just one day? Click on the links for detailed how-to instructions from the original sources!
Tree of Gratitude (by Katie Myers of Bonbon Break)
The Gratitude Turkey Centerpiece (from Parents Magazine)
Gratitude Rocks (from Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl)
Gratitude Mobile (from Parents Magazine)
Gratitude Wreath (from Parents Magazine)
Happy crafting and happy Thanksgiving!