Put the “Thanks” into Your Thanksgiving Letter
Thanksgiving is coming quickly, and it is the perfect time to write a thank you letter to employees and share your heartfelt appreciation for all they do for you and your business.
If you are new to writing business thank you notes or need a little inspiration, gThankYou’s eBook “Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” is here to guide and inspire you.
Thanking employees any time of the year is one of the best ways to engage employees and motivate them to do excellent work. But at Thanksgiving, your thanks takes on added meaning. Gratitude at Thanksgiving is more personal; it lets your employees know you value them as people. You’re honoring the all-American holiday when we celebrate and share our gratitude with family and friends.
Writing thank you notes is a practice shared by many successful leaders, but it’s not always easy to get started. What tone is appropriate? How can you express your appreciation sincerely? What do you say besides “thanks”? What’s the most effective way to share your letter?
“How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” has the answers.
If the last thank you note you wrote was to Grandma in fifth grade, don’t worry! Once you follow a few simple guidelines — and get ideas from our examples from workplace gratitude pros — you’ll be set to write your own memorable, meaningful letter to employees.
Top 10 Ideas for Year-End Festivities
Let the fun commence! Here are 10 ideas for throwing year-end festivities in your workplace. This time of year can be stressful, but also full of gratitude, wonder and joy! Set the tone with simple, impactful festivities that spread the spirit!
Not only do year-end festivities offer a way to have some fun, but they are a strategic way to show employee appreciation and enhance employee engagement. Be true to your culture — what would be authentic and enjoyable? Tap some creative minds and enjoy the process!
Top 10 Year-End Festivities
Volunteer together at a food pantry or host a holiday meal at a shelter. Bring employees together to give back to the community, offering unity, perspective and goodwill to all who participate.
Pre-Holiday Potluck. Invite everyone to bring a favorite dish to share, along with a recipe card so people can take photos and add new items to their holiday dinner menus. When the meal begins, ask leaders to kick off a roundtable discussion about what they’re grateful for and why.
Thank You Wall. Start a workplace tradition by dedicating a window or whiteboard to a collection of heartfelt messages. Supply colorful sticky notes and Sharpie pens. Ask employees to post at least 3 messages about anything or anyone they appreciate. Soon, the wall will be filled with a rainbow of positive energy that will brighten spirits.
Silent Auction for Charity. Give employees a chance to give back by leveraging fundraising strength from across your organization. Vote on a local program to support. Coordinate an online auction of goods and services contributed by individual employees. Low-cost online software solutions like BiddingOwl make it easy to manage.
Help each other. Nominate coworkers who could benefit from assistance with fall projects. Then let individuals or teams sign up to rake leaves, clean gutters, buy groceries, deliver a home-cooked meal or decorate team members’ front doors.
Give away fall flowers or plants that staff can take home for the holidays. For remote workers, arrange delivery or pick at a nearby Home Depot or nursery.
Winter Wonderland Virtual Photo Booth. Make it easy with backgrounds and a full-featured app like Snapbar. Or roll out your own on your meeting platform. Post images on the event chat board. Build an album to share at the party and beyond.
Gingerbread Contest. Host an in-office party and vote on which person or team created the best house. For remote teams, send pre-packaged gingerbread house pieces in advance. Ask everyone to post photos and vote for the online winner. Want guidance? Check specialists like Gingerbread Wars.
Holiday Bingo. Search online for holiday Bingo boards to send with invitations. Choose a coveted prize and announce it in advance, so everyone will be excited to participate.
Cookie Exchange. For an in-person party, be sure to note in invitations how many cookies to bring, so everyone can swap, taste and vote for their favorites. Prepare a special display table with signage for cookie and baker names. Order decorative boxes in advance so participants have a festive way to pack up their selections. And don’t forget to post all the recipes online!
We have many ideas for year-end festivities, as well as other events and gift-giving ideas in The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas. Download it free today!
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How to Buy Turkeys in Bulk for Thanksgiving
Turkeys are meaningful, appreciated employee Thanksgiving gifts that honor a popular workplace holiday tradition going back generations.
But what if you need to buy turkeys in bulk for employee gifts for a large workforce?
It used to be the only way to share the gift of Thanksgiving turkeys in bulk in the workplace was to order and deliver them frozen. Today, you no longer need to deal with the hassle of buying, storing and distributing bulky frozen turkeys, plus you can provide a holiday gift that recipients prefer more — the ability to choose the right size turkey for their family, when they want it.
gThankYou Turkey, Turkey Or Ham or Grocery Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. Plus, recipients love the flexibility to choose the size, brand and preparation they want for their holiday family celebration.
gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons good for any brand of merchandise specified and can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chain stores.
Large company or widely distributed workforce? gThankYou can help with a customized gift program to meet your timing and budget. To learn more about our large volume pricing, customizing and delivery options, call us at 888-484-1658 or visit our website here for more information.
Read on for a step-by-step guide to ordering gThankYou Gift Certificates this holiday season and see for yourself why gThankYou is America’s Favorite Employee Gift™!
You’re JUST ON TIME! for Holiday Gift Planning.
Believe it or not, the holiday gift planning season is here! Here are some details you should know as you prepare to celebrate employees for a year of hard work. The good news? We can handle the heavy lifting for your holiday gift planning.
Many gThankYou customers are faced with the daunting task of distributing gifts to a large number of locations, employees working from home, or to clients across the country. With dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of offices and associates nationwide, it can be challenging and very time-consuming. Let us help.
gThankYou Exists to Make Your Holiday Gift Planning Easier!
gThankYou Gift Certificates can be:
- Mailed to individuals in households or offices through the USPS, AND/OR
- Conveniently bundled and delivered via UPS to any number of locations for easy distribution to recipients.
- Have a request that requires special distribution and mailing services? Give us a call!
Gift Distribution Made Easy
We make your gThankYou Gift Certificate distribution a breeze with 4 easy steps:
- Give us a call at (888-484-1658) to discuss the form of distribution needed, timing, and type of Gift Certificates along with any extras to include such as a personalized Enclosure Card for your kind words of appreciation; a gThankYou Recipient Letter informing recipients how and where to best use their gift certificate; or your own uniquely crafted letter of gratitude.
- Email us a completed, pre-formatted mailing address spreadsheet with all recipient or location addresses to be mailed or shipped. Individual mailings will be sent with First-Class postage through USPS. All addresses will be verified for accuracy and we will notify you of any undeliverable addresses, before they are sent. (Pre-formatted spreadsheet download here.)
- Send us your Logo (optional) via email to be used on gift certificates, Enclosure Cards, or envelope.
- Approve your order. Review and approve all invoice charges and artwork/copy for your Enclosure Cards or envelope, if included. Also, confirm the most appropriate Return Mailing Address for any undeliverable gift certificates.
What Will Individuals or Locations Receive?
Individuals – Mailings to individuals will arrive in a white #10 business envelope with your return address, including your company logo (optional). We also include an eye-catching ‘stamp’ in red stating “Important – Open Immediately!” to help stand out in the mailbox and provide a higher level of importance (also optional).
Each envelope will be stuffed with your selected gThankYou Gift Certificate(s), and any combination you choose of Free Enclosure Card, informative Recipient Letter, or your own Personalized Letter of Gratitude.
Multiple Locations – Delivery via UPS to any number of locations will arrive in a conveniently bundled package. Package size will depend on the number of certificates and optional pieces for the location. For bulk delivery to locations, Gift Certificates and additional materials can be:
- Inserted into individual #10 business envelopes, similar to individual mailings above (with or without company logo and/or recipient names printed on the front) OR
- Without envelopes, for stuffing of your own or delivery in your own special way.
When will these mailings take place?
The following dates have been established to provide you with flexibility in your holiday gift planning. Typically, mailed gift certificates are received in-home or office within 3-5 business days after the mail date.
* The dates and information provided below only apply to orders with many locations or individual USPS mailings through gThankYou’s distribution and mailing services.
gThankYou orders going to a single or few locations can be placed any day, online or by calling 888-484-1658, and will ship the same or next business day. If you are unsure what form of distribution you will need, please give us a call at 888-484-1658 and we will gladly help evaluate your needs.
Learn More About gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude:
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- See our FREE customizable ‘thank you’ cards
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Gratitude: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Work
Millions of Americans will work on Thanksgiving.
Will employees at your company be spending Thanksgiving at work? If so, bring the gratitude (and treats) and make it a workplace celebration they’ll appreciate!
Spending the holiday at work isn’t where most of us want to be for this traditional at-home celebration. But with the right attitude and activities, sharing Thanksgiving with colleagues is an opportunity to highlight workplace gratitude and celebrate your work family.
If your company has employees spending Thanksgiving in the office, now’s your chance to plan ahead and make it a celebration of success, teamwork and gratitude! Consider providing a meal, gift certificates, thank you notes and a positive environment full of appreciation.
Make Gratitude Your #1 Priority for Thanksgiving at Work
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
Employees in retail, law enforcement, health care, travel, utilities, freight, news and other industries all keep working through the holidays. And although they’re not alone, it’s crucial to let each employee know how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work by coming in on a holiday.
Whatever else you do to celebrate Thanksgiving at work — gifts, a communal potluck, or a catered turkey feast — gratitude comes first. A Thanksgiving gift or activity shared without gratitude is apt to feel shallow and impersonal.
Clearly expressed appreciation from company leadership is key. Employees will notice if managers and other leaders are truly appreciative of their sacrifice to work on a holiday.
A note of gratitude from the company CEO can make all the difference — and it doesn’t have to be big production. A simple acknowledgement and “thank you” is the right place to start. If budget allows, a gift or complimentary Thanksgiving meal is a great way to reinforce this message of gratitude.
New Enclosure Card Designs for Thanksgiving are here!
gThankYou is pleased to reveal New Enclosure Card designs for our 2022 selection of Autumn and Thanksgiving Enclosure Cards!
Our New Enclosure Card designs are the perfect way to add a special note of “Thanks!” with your gThankYou! Gift Certificates. Select your favorite from dozens of design choices and include the thoughtful message already included or write your own personalized message of gratitude.
Our cards are FREE with your purchase of any gThankYou! Gift Certificates. We’ll even customize the cards for you! Include a personal message, signature, and even your company logo – free of charge.
A customized message of gratitude makes your gifts more meaningful and memorable. That’s why a note of thanks is an important part of Thanksgiving gift-giving — because your employee gift is so much more than a present! It’s an opportunity to let your employees know how much you appreciate them and small gestures of gratitude can carry a lot more weight than many realize.
Easily Buy Corporate Turkey and Food Gifts
It’s almost October and time to start planning your annual corporate turkey and food gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Early planning provides peace of mind that your holiday gift-giving is planned and ready to go! By crossing this important item off your list, there is more time to focus on what really matters this time of year: sharing gratitude.
Let gThankYou take care of the logistics this year.
gThankYou! Turkey and Ham, Grocery and Other Gift Certificates make it easy and convenient to give much-desired food gifts. Even if your organization is large and working in a variety of offices or remotely, we’ve got you covered.
A turkey is the centerpiece to the most gratitude-focused holiday of the year. We all crave feeling valued and recognized. The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey or groceries shows your recipients that you care about them and their family. When they sit down to their annual Thanksgiving feast surrounded by loved ones, they’ll be grateful for you and your organization, too.
Our corporate turkey and food gifts carry on the appreciated tradition of giving employees a Thanksgiving turkey, without the hassle of storing and handling a large number of frozen birds. Shoppers can choose the size, brand and preparation they prefer.
Grocery vouchers are also an excellent choice, allowing recipients to shop for anything they need! For a sweet option, check out our Pie Gift Certificates.
gThankYou Gift Certificates are redeemable at virtually all major U.S. grocery stores.
All gThankYou purchases come with customizable Enclosure Cards — absolutely free! It’s the easiest way to wish a “Happy Thanksgiving!” to the people in your workplace and express your sincere appreciation for their contributions. Check out our new cards here.
Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou! Gift Certificates. They’re easy, practical and, best of all, meaningful.
Happy Thanksgiving from gThankYou!
As you reconnect with friends and family, enjoy fabulous meals, and have fun this week, we hope you get the chance to pause and reflect on all there is to be grateful for in your life. At gThankYou, we are grateful for our families, friends, clients and partners. Together, we can have a Happy Thanksgiving — sharing gratitude around the table and beyond.
If you have any questions about your Gift Certificate please read the information below.
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How do gThankYou Gift Certificates work?
gThankYou Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons intended to be redeemed at major grocery chain stores anywhere in the U.S.
Choose any brand and preparation of turkey, ham or groceries or whatever your Certificate specifies.
Simply give the cashier your Certificate at checkout to redeem it for the merchandise you select. For more information about how your Coupon works, check out our FAQ.
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What stores accept gThankYou Certificates?
Virtually all major U.S. grocery chains that take Manufacturer Coupons honor gThankYou Certificates. The only stores that do not honor Manufacturer Coupons are Sam’s, Costco, Aldi and specialty stores such as HoneyBaked. We do not recommend redeeming your Certificate at general merchandise stores such as Wal-Mart, Target or Dollar stores at this time.
How to shop at a store that doesn’t honor Manufacturer Coupons.
If you prefer to shop at a store that does not honor Manufacturer Coupons gThankYou can directly redeem your Coupon.
Simply mail your Certificate and store receipt for qualifying merchandise to gThankYou and we will quickly reimburse you with a check. We can also reimburse you if you prefer to do delivery or curbside pick-up!
For mail-in reimbursement address and instructions, text “return” to 888-222-9054.
Download Your FREE Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide!
New to cooking a holiday turkey? Not to worry, we can help with that too!
We believe preparing your Thanksgiving turkey should be stress-free and fun — so we offer a free downloadable Turkey Cookbook and Guide!
- Are you new to cooking a turkey?
- It’s been a while since you have hosted Thanksgiving?
- Are you a seasoned cook looking to spice up your traditional menu?
- Not sure how to defrost a frozen turkey?
- Never made gravy before?
- Not sure what kind of turkey to purchase?
- Want to take the stress out of cooking a turkey?
Then we have the perfect resource for you!
gThankYou’s popular Ultimate Turkey Cookbook and Guide is downloadable and shareable for FREE!
Download yours now and take the stress out of preparing the centerpiece to your holiday meal.
Wishing you and yours a most happy, health and peaceful Thanksgiving. We hope your gift of the centerpiece of your holiday meal brings joy and gratitude to your holiday celebration.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at gThankYou!
Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide
Download Your Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide!
Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?
For many, the shopping, menu planning and decorating is enjoyable and nostalgic. For others, knowing how to choose, prepare and cook the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is daunting. And, sometimes you are pretty sure you know what you are doing, you just need a little help!
We believe preparing your Thanksgiving turkey should be fun — and at gThankYou, we are here for you and your team!
• Are you new to cooking a turkey?
• It’s been a while since you have hosted Thanksgiving?
• Are you a seasoned cook looking to spice up your traditional menu?
• Not sure how to defrost a frozen turkey?
• Never made gravy before?
• Not sure what kind of turkey to purchase?
• Want to take the stress out of cooking a turkey?
Then we have the perfect resource for you! gThankYou’s popular Ultimate Turkey Cookbook and Guide downloadable and shareable for free. (more…)
Not Too Late to Gift a Thanksgiving Turkey!
Say Thank You with a Turkey Gift!
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. But there’s still time to show your gratitude to hardworking employees with turkey gift certificates — if you act soon and choose gThankYou!
gThankYou offers same-day shipping, so your employee Thanksgiving gifts can be there as soon as tomorrow!
The Thanksgiving Gift Everyone Loves!
Say “Thank You” with a Thanksgiving Turkey!
Nothing says “Thank You” like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. And now is the perfect time to give thanks!
November is National Gratitude Month. The month leading up to Thanksgiving is perfectly fitting for us all to embrace the act of gratitude. There are many ways to express our appreciation for those in our lives. After the last year and a half, we especially appreciate being acknowledged and valued.
And, World Kindness Day is November 13. It is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.”
There are many ways to celebrate the day, but we encourage you to be creative!
At gThankYou, we encourage gratitude and kindness all year long. But if there ever is a time to show employees, families, business partners, vendors and others gratitude, this is it!
What better moment could there be to distribute your turkey gifts?
Share Gratitude with a Thanksgiving Letter
Times have been really tough for both employers and employees. While the last couple of years have been stressful, we’ve also seen people really step up! During uncertain times, it’s important to share your company gratitude with employees. This time of year, we recommend writing a memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees to show how much you care. It’s the quintessential message of, “Thank you for being here and all you have done and continue to do!”
Whether you are part of the over-taxed health care industry, over-burdened supply chain, or another business that is thankful for its hard-working employees, showing appreciation is critical – now and always.
Your Sincere ‘Thank You’ Matters
Thank you is easy to say, yet it’s underused in the workplace. Let’s collectively change that! When in-person, use eye contact, a handshake, fist-bump or other social connection while saying, “Thank you.” We promise, it will be well-received and appreciated.
Why? Because thank-you notes work! (Research proves thank-you notes work even better than cash bonuses, say HR experts.)
A written note or company-wide Thanksgiving letter of appreciation are underutilized gems. A sincere note communicates you care and are grateful for employees hard-work and dedication, especially during these challenging times.
gThankYou has spent years honing the perfect tips for how to express gratitude in a way that is authentic and well-received: in the form of a memorable Thanksgiving or holiday letter. If you’ve never done one for your team or company, it’s a great time to start the tradition!
Why a Thanksgiving Gift is so Meaningful
Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and celebrating traditions. Turkey has long-been the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, making it the symbol of the holiday, gratitude for the bounty of the meal, shared history and family and friends.
While every group or family is different, there is something special about time together, gathering around the table, and enjoying each other’s company at the holidays. At gThankYou, we are passionate about what we do because it provides employers a way to celebrate team members in a way that honors gratitude and tradition.
A Thanksgiving turkey gift is so meaningful, it positively impacts both giver and recipient. You may not know this, but turkey gift-giving has been a workplace tradition for over a century.
In an article on MentalFloss.com, Why We Eat What We Eat on Thanksgiving, it shares that even Alexander Hamilton said,
“No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”
In general, there are varied historical versions of when and how turkey as the centerpiece all started, but it was deeply rooted in American tradition when it was declared a holiday in the 19th century.
Looking for a way to thank and celebrate your hard-working team? A turkey for Thanksgiving is a gift that everyone appreciates and values.
Thanksgiving Thanks Made Easy
gThankYou makes workplace Thanksgiving turkey gift-giving easy, convenient and affordable – regardless the size of your organization!
Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are redeemable at major grocery chains anywhere in the U.S. for any brand, preparation and size of turkey (or ham). Recipients choose where they want to shop and the perfect turkey centerpiece of their Thanksgiving meal.
One of the perks of working with gThankYou is the ability to personalize Gift Certificates (with recipient names and organization logo) and custom Enclosure Cards. Well-done employee appreciation is all about personal connection.
To learn more about volume discounts on turkey vouchers or how we can help with large distributed workplaces, call us at 888-484-1658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to work with you this holiday season!
Why Employee Turkey Gift Tradition Matters
If you’ve ever been curious about why the employee turkey gift tradition matters, the reasons are many: it’s practical, meaningful, affordable and a gift everyone values and enjoys sharing with family and friends!
For decades, company leaders have been giving turkeys to their employees at Thanksgiving as an expression of appreciation. The gesture is a nod to tradition and gratitude. It’s an affordable gift, but one that is truly appreciated. It’s also smart business.
It is already that time of year to think ahead. How will you celebrate your employees this holiday season?
gThankYou makes turkey gift giving easy, regardless the size of your organization. Start planning ahead now and contact us to find out about our simple, easy and personalized process. Visit us online or call us today: 888-484-1658!
Thanksgiving Cards for Holiday Thanks
This year, more than ever, displaying gratitude is critical for employee motivation and engagement. Our teams have weathered unprecedented challenges and deserve accolades for their hard work and dedication. The holidays are quickly approaching – are you prepared to show your employees how grateful you are?
Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review, “In Times of Crisis, a Little Thanks Goes a Long Way.”
At gThankYou, when you order holiday gift certificates, a personalized card enclosure is included. This offers that extra touch of customization that make recipients feel seen and valued.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, a thoughtful employee holiday letter or card from your CEO can be especially meaningful. As part of our holiday gift offerings, we have new Thanksgiving Thank You Card Designs, crafted to inspire your messages of gratitude.
Pandemic Makes Frozen Turkey Gifts Unpractical
Your Turkey Gift to Employees is More Important than Ever
The pandemic has changed lives and dramatically changed our workplaces.
For many of us, we have lost the in-person connection with employees – the ability to smile, share a handshake or genuinely thank someone in person.
Employees need to feel secure right now in knowing that they are valued. If you have company holiday traditions that are near and dear to your team, respect them. Find a way to make them work in our new work world. Many employees are relying on that cash bonus or holiday turkey gift that they have always received.
Thanksgiving and the holiday season have always been an opportunity for workplace leaders to share their gratitude and appreciation to employees. Your appreciation and thanks are more important than ever this holiday season.
The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey has long been a valued and meaningful gift for employees. The tradition of turkey gift-giving is revered by many companies, and for some, distributing frozen turkeys is a beloved tradition that is decades old.
This year especially, the practical gift of food is something everyone can appreciate and can share with family. The gift of the centerpiece of the holiday meal is a truly meaningful and appreciated gift by all.
If you are new to turkey gift-giving, download our free PDF, “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays” and share with colleagues.
Pandemic Makes Frozen Turkey Gifts Unpractical and Unsafe
The reality of a literal gift hand-off this year brings about a variety of challenges.
Firstly, safety is paramount. Commitment to employee safety continues to be in the spotlight for good reason. The pandemic means leaders can’t go desk to desk shaking hands; gatherings of employees exchanging pleasantries and holiday goodies simply isn’t feasible or legal in some cases. And, a socially distanced line of masked employees to receive a frozen just isn’t that safe or appealing.
Secondly, many workforces are partially or wholly remote at this point making frozen turkey gift-giving logistics simply unfeasible.
No need to worry! gThankYou can help.
You can keep your beloved turkey gift tradition this year with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates. Employees choose the brand, preparation and size turkey that their family would like, at major grocery stores nationally. No messy frozen bird logistics to manage plus flexibility in distribution for in-person and remote workplaces.
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving at Work
Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude to employees. Don’t miss out this year!
SHRM calls Thanksgiving workplace celebrations an “incredible tool” for managers.
A business veteran and author quoted by SHRM says that “in so many organizations, employees go through their days assuming that their co-workers, and especially their bosses, don’t notice or appreciate all of the hard work that they do.”
“And if that’s the way you feel, you will just go through the motions,” the expert, Todd Patkin, says.
Thanksgiving gratitude to the rescue! “Tapping into the spirit of Thanksgiving can tip the balance between success and growth or stagnation and failure,” Patkin says.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is also a “motivator and catalyst for growth,” he added.
Read on for tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace, even with limited resources or at the last-minute. After all, the emotion that Thanksgiving thrives on — gratitude — is 100% free and instantly accessible.
Focusing on Gratitude Adds Meaning to Holidays
As we approach celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, this quote from Melody Beattie beautifully reminds us of the transformative power of gratitude at the holidays – and every day.
Beattie knows about the transformative power of gratitude having survived a traumatic childhood, addiction and the loss of a child but emerging from this to live a a full and rewarding life. After having an epiphany in rehab that got her to focus her energies on “the right things,” she became a renowned self-help author (she literally wrote the book on codependency, followed by many other bestsellers) and remains a celebrated writer and an inspiring beacon for many struggling with addiction and grief. The daily meditations on her website (or apps) are a good way to start or end your day!
Let’s break down what she said in this quote because while it’s the perfect quote as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, it’s also a powerful reminder for us to look at every day through the lens of gratitude.
“Unlocks the fullness of life…”
Who doesn’t want to live their life fully, experiencing the maximum of satisfaction and joy at both home and at work. Gratitude opens our eyes to the beauty and goodness of the world around us. It energizes us and brings hope. Sharing gratitude brings out the best in those around us too.
“Turns what we have into enough…”
Gratitude allows us to be thankful for the abundance of good things in life and not be driven by societal or selfish needs. Gratitude helps us realize we are, and we have, enough.
Research finds that “just acting grateful can make you feel grateful” says Arthur C. Brooks in “Choose to be Grateful. It will make you Happier.” He goes on to say:
“If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not.”
“…turns denial into acceptance…”
Gratitude let’s us enjoy relatives and friends for who they are – imperfections and all. And, most importantly accepting ourselves for doing the best we can. Gratitude heals.
In a recent Forbes article on gratitude, positive psychologist researcher and author Robert Emmons “cites research showing the effectiveness of gratitude in buffering stress and building resilience. He even recommends a strategy he calls “Remember the bad.” The point is not to dwell on the negative, but to look back and reflect on difficult experiences and how we got through them. In doing so, we learn not to take our current blessings for granted. We are also reminded of the resources that helped us weather past storms.”
“…chaos to to order, confusion to clarity…”
Stopping to take a breath and reframing stress that can come at the holidays (or any day) is an opportunity to clear your mind and re-prioritize what’s important. Being grateful helps put what’s really important in perspective.
“…turns a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger to a friend.”
No matter the scale of the meal, gratitude for the bounty and those we share it with turns any occasion into a “feast”.
Thanksgiving is a holiday uniquely steeped in a history of gratitude. It’s the one time of year we treat everyone as family. It’s gratitude that allows us to open our hearts and our homes.
This holiday season share your gratitude and share in the joy you spread.
Wherever and however you celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope the meal becomes a feast of gratitude for you and your loved ones.
Gratitude in Action: 6 Thanksgiving Traditions
Did you know that our American Thanksgiving is just one of many gratitude-related Thanksgiving traditions celebrated around the world?
Traditions differ from country to country, but gratitude in action is cause for universal celebration.
The spirit and significance of giving thanks is the same wherever you go — with or without roast turkey and cranberry sauce. So what does giving thanks look like around the world?
Celebrations worldwide of “thanks-giving” share several elements, no matter what people are eating, wearing or singing. We all honor:
- harvest bounty
- communal harmony
- gratitude in action
That last one, gratitude in action, is an important one. Simply thinking about gratitude isn’t a cause for celebration. It’s about how we act on our gratitude. We’re giving thanks, not having thanks!
The French word for Thanksgiving is action de grâce. Translated literally, then, Thanksgiving is a day for “actions of grace.”
Read on for six “actions of grace” traditions from around the world.
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