“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond”

What are you thankful for?

As cliché as that phrase may sound during this time of the year, it is still an important one to think about from time to time. As the Thanksgiving holidays roll by, think about it as not another day off of school, but a break from our regular routine to give a simple gesture and show someone you care. Giving thanks is an action many seem to take for granted, and as students, we are more or less handed with opportunities that we do not always take. So why not change that? A simple act of giving without expecting anything in return can put a smile on someone’s face and making just one person smile can change the world. Perhaps not the entire world, but their world.

Below are some effortless ideas for giving thanks during this long weekend:

1. Food
They do say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Simply bake a batch of cookies, or someone’s favourite dish and they will repay you with the biggest smile, and leave you with the most heart-warming feeling of gratitude. If cooking isn’t your forte, just asking to go out for a meal is a great way to show initiative to catch up and give thanks for one’s friendship.

2. Send a Card
Whether you are artistic and creative enough to make your own, or decide to buy one from your local store, a greeting card with a nice personal letter written inside is a simple yet compassionate way to show how much someone means to you. It is additionally something that can be kept as a reminder of your friendship, while at the same time a way of retelling any possible past memories and good times shared.

3. Chatting
What way to give thanks is simpler than to purely just tell the person? It does not have to be anything fancy. By giving someone a call, or to ask them out to chat or do an activity together, you are already telling them about how grateful you are about enjoying their company.

Like the video above, it is always nice to spread some positive energy onto both the people you cherish most in your life and strangers alike. Endorsing a mindset of giving without reason is something many seem to look past. Step back, and you’ll be surprised at how many people you don’t want to live without, and are truly thankful for. It never hurts to give some extra kindness into those people’s lives and reciprocate the kindness they once gave to you.

Hope you are all enjoying the Thanksgiving Holidays!