Paying It Forward: School Club Project

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Who doesn’t get excited during the first day of school choosing which organization or club to join in? A place or group where we find a sense of belongingness, a haven where we can find people with the same strengths and interests as us. A blissful experience indeed. Although each club has its own goals and missions or even prerequisites for you to join a certain group, it is also significant to evaluate your own contribution to this club, what you can do or offer for the group and what they can enhance about you. As Judy Willis, M.D. wrote, “Extracurricular activity participation in school and community clubs, teams, and organizations helps increase children’s confidence in pursuing higher goals by first building their confidence areas of strength and interest within their comfort zones.”

Below are some of the step-by-step questions you might want to ask yourself if the school club you are considering has a goal of serving the community and if it is fit for you.

What is my goal in joining the club?

Your purpose will set the tone on why you are joining the club in the first place. It is the backbone, the most basic concept that will remind you of the times that you will encounter some challenges while being a member of the club. This is why each club has its own defined mission, vision, and goals. This will serve as a reminder for yourself in every project that you conceptualized. This is a good indication of a good vision and a sense of direction that you have.

“It’s a great way to build your professional skills including leadership, teamwork, communication, and prioritization,” says career coach Alina Tubman. “All these skills are necessary for students applying to jobs and internships.” 

Are my personal goals, beliefs, and values related to their mission?

Initially examining yourself before you participate is a good orientation. It is like going to the internet and searching for the right chat group where you share the same interests. However, there is the peril of entering a dangerous zone called stranger chat. Most of these people behind computers are anonymous with unclear goals and are even bullies. That is why carefully evaluating the mission of the club you are considering must be done.

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Who will be our target recipients?

To be able to have standard and uniform recipients, you must conduct a meeting in order to arrive at a unanimous decision if the project will be for the children who can’t afford to enroll in school, will it be free vaccination for children in third world countries or a support group for families serving in the military. That will serve as a guide to your succeeding projects.

What can I do to better serve the club and community?

As a vital element of teamwork and being a good team player, it is essential that you continue to better yourself to serve the purpose of the group and the community. Louise Douce, Ph.D., says, “For students to be able to learn at their peak capacity, they need to be physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually well.” In that way, your service is effectively delivered. You might consider attending seminars related to your causes, organize team-building activities, encourage more participants, expand projects, and increase the number of people in the group in order to serve more people.

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It is a fun and fulfilling method to be a part of any group gaining the sense of responsibility through service, cultivating goodness, and kindness of the hearts of the people. An incomparable sense of accomplishment. The next time you join the club, think about the time, talent or knowledge which you can impart that can greatly help the community. As always, kindness starts with you.

 

 

Mental Health Benefits Of Joining A Club For Students

When students enter high school or university as freshmen, they may get overwhelmed by the number of clubs wanting to recruit them as new members. “For older kids, after-school activities can be very important as protection against more dangerous activities,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Mary Rooney, “particularly if parents are busy at work or with other children.”

From the second they set foot at the school, after all, folks from the football or music groups may come up to tell the benefits of being in their respective organizations. The theater or dance club may also hold a little performance to entice the students to become one of them. Of course, the academic circles participate and look for more brainy fellows. 

While having many club options allows people to choose the most suitable one for them, some become indecisive and have a hard time selecting any. Others end up clubless, especially when they realize that it’s possible to survive the first year without it. 

Nevertheless, joining a club does not merely give students like you instant friends or study buddies. It can be advantageous for your mental health, which is undeniably vital in an educational yet competitive environment. Some may even agree with me when I say that it is almost like getting counseling from BetterHelp and the likes. The following are the perks you can get from the activity. 

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1. Boost Your Confidence 

The primary benefit of becoming a school club member is that it may increase your self-esteem. According to Barbara Markway, Ph.D., “Self-confidence is linked to almost every element involved in a happy and fulfilling life.” Since you will be seeing the same people in that group, you have no choice but to introduce yourself and hopefully befriend them. They will encourage you as well to get out of your shell and show your talents. The more you interact with these students, the more you may feel confident about talking to others. 

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2. Gain A New Experience 

There is rarely a rule stating that a student has no right to join two clubs at the same time, considering they do not have similar activities. For example, one focuses on geology, while the other is all about archery. It is advisable to do so, to be honest, primarily when you wish to expand your skillset and be excellent at more than a single activity.  As career coach Alina Tubman stated, “It’s a great way to build your professional skills including leadership, teamwork, communication, and prioritization. All these skills are necessary for students applying to jobs and internships.” 

You won’t find any clause either that requires every member of the organization to become the best in their field of interest. You may have a background knowledge regarding the matter or merely be curious about what folks do in that club, and they may still accept you. 

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3. Have An Outlet For Stress 

Furthermore, entering a group that likes the same things that you do can effectively make your stressful day better. If you are a choir member, for instance, and you have issues back home that affect your academic performance, you may use music to turn the negative energy into something positive. You can belt out a powerful song, pour your heart into a ballad, or sing upbeat tunes to distract yourself from the problem. Hence, once the session is over, your stress level may no longer be soaring as well. 

Final Thoughts 

As mentioned above, when you join a club, you do not only have people to share your interests with or a place to go to during break time. It is not merely excellent for your resume either when you are ready to enter the workforce. The truth is that becoming a part of an organization whose beliefs you stand behind can keep you from acquiring depression, anxiety, and other disorders that will surely endanger your mental health. 

 
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Random Acts Of Kindness

Perhaps, everyone has already heard about the so-called ‘modern heroes’ that schools and the social media glorify. There’s the cab driver who returned a huge lump sum of money to the business. There’s the boy who saved children from drowning. There’s another one who saved stranded animals from the flood. Add those medical students who randomly save sick people or assist moms giving birth on the streets, or even on a plane flying mid-air.

Perhaps you are overwhelmed by these deeds. Or maybe you have already asked yourselves these: Do I need to be a doctor to save lives? Do I need to go to calamity-stricken places just to show my kindness? Do I need to be a full grown-up to help people? Do I need someone to post my good deeds on the internet?

The answer? It’s a simple ‘no.’ Dr. Julia Breur, LMFT, says, “Inauthentic people often judge others as a way of gaining control. Be careful, because some people may use kindness to try to control you.”

Definition of Kindness

Try looking up the word ‘Kindness’ on any search engines or dictionary, and it will give you the following similar words: friendly, gentle, considerate, helpful, respectful, and generous among others. Kindness, in its general sense, only means doing something kind to other people. This deed doesn’t need to be extravagant. It doesn’t need to be loud. It just needs to give a positive feeling for both parties.

For Ilene Berns-Zare PsyD, “Hope and kindness are two character strengths that can invigorate our awareness.  Hope, or future-mindedness, involves expecting a good future and working to achieve it. Kindness is care, generosity, and compassion for others.”

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‘Kindness’ doesn’t entail that the doer of the action should expect something in return. Showing someone your ‘kindness’ will never be your ticket to get a high score on an upcoming exam. Displaying ‘kindness’ in front of teachers will never guarantee you a gold medal in graduation. The act of kindness is never a request for some Divine Being to grant your wishes in mind.

Simple Gestures

No matter how young you may be, you can manifest appreciation and kindness anywhere. A school is a ‘mini community’ that can be considered a perfect replica of the real world. You, even as a student, may not even realize that what you just did this morning is already an act of kindness.

Below is a small list of gestures in school that you may not have realized yet is a simple definition of kindness:  

  • Opening the door for teachers, classmates, or for those behind you
  • Greeting school staff, janitors, and canteen vendors a pleasant morning
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  • Shooting waste correctly into the trash bins
  • Following simple hallway signs (No loiteringSilence please, No vandalizing)
  • Falling in any lines properly
  • Sharing vacant seats from your table in the cafeteria
  • Taking good care of school property (following proper computer care, not tearing and folding pages of books from the library, etc.)
  • Keeping the toilet clean for the next user
  • Not participating in any bullying
  • Doing small favors for your classmates (sharing notes and references, doing group studies)
  • Smiling
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A deed of kindness doesn’t need to be posted on different social sites or even shared on a counseling platform, shared in every stranger chat as much as it doesn’t need to be photo-shared by millions and become viral. Maybe you should try it right now, greet schoolmates in the hallways, smile at unfamiliar students in the cafeteria, or offer younger pupils old notes for reference. Never wait for something in return. A returned smile from your newly found friends will surely be enough.

“Make a stranger smile with an act of kindness. Even the smallest gesture can mean a great deal to someone in need. So, always try to do your part and help make the world a kinder place.” – Mariana Pascha, Psychologist.

 

Planting The Seeds To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

Every holiday season, we’re told to reflect more on the things we’re thankful for. But it doesn’t just have to be in the holidays. Developing a gratitude mindset can be enjoyed all year round. “We need to make expressing gratitude a daily practice. It would make us and our interactions, not just our holidays, much more positive,” says Pinellas psychologist Valeria Moore. Not only does it give way to positive thinking and happiness, but it also promotes cooperation and kindness within a community. Here’s how you can start to cultivate this mindset.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Let’s start it off easy. Grab a simple notebook or journal you can write on. Find a comfortable spot to sit on and think about the things you are grateful for. It may be difficult for some people to do this as they may not be comfortable confronting their own emotions, but remember that this is private time.  You don’t have to let anyone read your gratitude journal if you don’t want to.

Some people may also find it difficult to turn this into a habit. After all, it may seem like another chore you have to do every day. It doesn’t have to be that way. Work through it gradually. You don’t have to write every day, just make sure to make an entry at least once a week. You can do this at the end of the week when you’re looking back at everything that had happened for the past days.

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To make things even easier, you can write about one specific something you’re grateful for. Then, you can add details. Why are you thankful for this? Who was involved that you should give thanks? How can you help pass this on to others? You’ll soon find that the writing will just flow naturally.

Write Someone a Letter

It’s time to go old-school. Sit down at your desk and bring out the lovely stationery. Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. wrote, ” In all of the studies, people felt significantly happier than normal after they had taken a few minutes to write a gratitude letter.” Think back to someone who has made a positive impact on your life. It could be a parent, a significant other, or even a grade-school teacher. Reflect on how they have influenced your life and write that down in a letter. Be specific and add in as much detail as you can. Tell them about the good that you’ve done because of it. It’ll make their day, and it passes on good vibes around to everyone.

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Take a Break from Life

Sometimes it’s hard to take a step back when you’re all caught up in life. In the digital age, everything happens so quickly. So put the phone down, step away from the computer and enjoy some downtime.

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Putting yourself in a situation where you’re not so distracted by everything will allow you to think clearly. It’ll give you time to focus on things that have happened, making you remember past events you may be thankful for. Doing this also allows you to live in the moment, enjoying the now and being grateful for it. On the other hand, Alena Gerst, LCSW says, “Consciously acknowledging gratitude first thing in the morning sets the tone for me to be aware of everything for which I’m grateful throughout the day.”

Give Yourself Credit

Like RuPaul likes to say, “If you don’t love yourself, then how you gonna love someone else?” It’s the same for being grateful. You have to give yourself credit for the things you do and for getting by. Acknowledge your achievements, and don’t compare yourself to others. Recognize that you are following your own pace. Learn to look at even the little things and self-appreciate.

 

 

 

How To Show Appreciation To Your Spouse

 

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When couples get married and eventually start a family, they tend to neglect their love for one another as a shift to fulfill duties and obligations arise. Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D. wrote, “Similarly, the purpose of a marriage or life partnership also involves an emotional support system.” There are many strategies that marriage counselors and therapists recommend to sustain a healthy and meaningful marriage life. This article will focus on the most common and simple ways to protect your relationship and love for each other.

Effects of being taken for granted

Underappreciation is one of the many reasons why couples fight, find someone else to fill the gap, and eventually, get separated and divorced. Women especially go into bouts of depression and low self-esteem, while husbands may feel belittled if their partners do not show any single appreciation of the things that they do. On the other hand, Diana Kirschner Ph.D. says, “Happy couples give their partners the benefit of the doubt when they do something that is disappointing or hurtful. Instead of mean-spirited criticism, rejection, or attack, they often see good or simply uninformed intentions underlying what their partners do or say.”

Appreciate Your Spouse

Saying thank you can go a long way, especially if you say this to your spouse with more love and tenderness. “Appreciating your spouse is a binding factor in relationships,” says Elizabeth McCormick, a licensed social worker. A ‘thank you’ can be expressed from the very simplest manner of just blurting it out after a deed or task being done. Still, there are other unique ways to extend this positive vibe. Here are some unique ways to show appreciation:

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  1. Make breakfast in bed and place a thank you note on the tray. Exert some effort to wake up early and prepare breakfast for your partner.
  2. Leave thank you notes in the bathroom mirror, on the fridge or anywhere that he/she will see immediately.
  3. In the norms of social media mainstream, posting a thank you message in Facebook or tweeting thank you to your spouse can be very influential and can increase one’s self-esteem.
  4. Arrange a date and take a couples alone time together to talk about the things that you appreciate.
  5. Buy him/her a gift and add a thank you note. It does not have to be super fancy. The thought that you take the time to get that basketball shoes he always wanted or the handbag that she always goes back to check in the shop will be sufficient. This will surely make your partner’s day sparkle.
  6. Show off your gratitude by hugging and kissing. Physical contact is believed to help release endorphins or our happy hormones. It does not only makes us grateful, but it will also help to show how you love your partner for being there always.
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The strategies above are just some of the few that you can try to demonstrate amorous affection and appreciation to your spouse. You can modify it or even add more spice just to make it more exciting. Getting married may be the final step to be together. However, staying married is a lifelong commitment to keeping the relationship afloat and the fire of love burning.

Living Overseas: Life And Struggles of Military Families

The family is the primary lifeline that supports the means of our survival. For it to thrive, parents (ideally) have to provide for the children and be hands-on with their upbringing. However, the “mother, father, and children living together” situation is not always the case for everybody. For some, parents need to be away from their children and spouses to work. Such is the reality for military families.  

Mark Banschick M.D., wrote, “Modern families come in many shapes and sizes. There are two-parent and single-parent families. Parents may be straight or gay, single by choice or parenting alone due to separation, divorce or widowhood.” 

Struggles Of A Military Spouse 

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According to recent statistics, the majority of military spouses are females under 35 years of age. The father is often deployed in faraway countries to render service, leaving the mother in charge of the household. While staying married, military spouses feel as if they are single parents because the responsibility of running the house falls entirely on them. 

“There are a lot of sacrifices that you should make,” a military wife says. This forbearance includes a change of attitude and lifestyle and putting on a tough face to make the marriage work and provide a healthy family environment for the children. Here are some finer points of what military spouses experience: 

  • Managing Fear And Worry 

It’s inevitable to feel anxious from time to time because you know that your spouse is in a dangerous place. You are also well aware of your spouse’s commitment to protecting the country no matter what the cost; at any day, he or she may take a bullet for a comrade and a commanding officer. 

It’s tough to live with this possibility every single day. But in time, you will get used to it and put your trust in the omniscient, omnipotent being that holds the universe together because there are things that you surely cannot control. 

  • Compromising Career 

Moving is part of being in a military family. According to research, military families relocate ten times more than civilian families.  For non-service spouses, maintaining a career with this setting is very difficult. You should accept that you have to put your job in the back burner and focus on your family for the time being. 

  • Making LDR Work 
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A lot of people say that a long-distance relationship does not work. But many military families are happily retired and have emerged successfully from being away for so long from their spouses. But actually, it is so much tougher than it looks. 

“Long-distance marriages aren’t easy, and they’re not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenge couples face is obviously a lack of facetime, and often, one partner may have a harder time with this than the other,” Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 

There will be days when you will crave your spouse’s embrace after a bad day. New Year’s midnight kiss and Christmas morning cuddles will be missed, sometimes for years at a time. 

These men and women are commendable with their perseverant spirits to endure all of these. But it is equally a struggle for those service members living overseas. 

Struggles Of A Deployed Military Personnel 

According to studies almost 20% of service members assigned in the Middle East experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.  Being away from your family is tough enough, and then you have to be in an unfamiliar country, stripped away from the basic comforts you enjoy at home. 

All your life, you have been training to serve the country. Maybe as a kid, you have always dreamed of being a soldier. You take pride that your job is one of the noblest professions and have already accepted the sacrifices that come with it. However, military training cannot turn you into a heartless person. There will be days when you go through rough patches and long for your family’s presence. 

Here are some of the experiences the military personnel go through after deployment: 

  • Missing The Special Days 

Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays usually pass by without your spouse and kids. It will get lonely, but you have to make the most of it. Typically, calls and emails are allowed during this time.  But the tangible presence of your significant other and children other is undoubtedly missed. “The Soldier is preparing to go, so he is pulling back from the Family,” said Navy Capt. Daphne Brown, a clinical psychologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. “He has to invest in the mission.” “But the spouse does it from a fear that something will happen,” she said.

  • Battling Existential Crisis 

Being in a war zone, you cannot help but think about when it is going to be your last day. However, more than thinking about yourself, you also worry about the people that you will leave behind. Although you know that your death will most likely be honorable, you are aware of how heartbroken your family is going to be when you are gone after being away from you for a long time. 

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  • Missing Being A Parent 

This one is probably the biggest regret of overseas military personnel. You will likely miss the firsts of your child, and maybe you will be recognized by your baby as “mommy” or “daddy” on the computer or phone screen where you talk a few times a month. As much as you want to be involved in the upbringing of your child, you can’t avoid feeling helpless because you are a thousand miles away. 

Having said this much, families who are thriving in this situation are remarkable. Being away from loved ones will surely take a toll on our emotional well-being, but it takes a steadfast heart and mind to endure all of these. 

On a final note, some organizations allow you to send support to military families by sending thank you letters to the deployed soldier. This appreciation will encourage them and help their emotional state. By this little act, we are also taking part in protecting the country by supporting our soldiers as they endure service without the comforts of their families. 

Easy Ways To Show Gratitude To Our Soldiers

In the past few years, I always try to be updated in every news that concerns my community and my country. It is my way to be a responsible citizen. However, these past few months have been really difficult, not only in the local community but also worldwide. The increasing number of news relating to terrorist attacks, the war on drugs, homeless refugees is really depressing to watch on a daily basis. That’s why it is hard for me to turn on the TV and watch the chaos going on all over the world.

If not for our brave soldiers, I wouldn’t be enjoying my delicious cup of white mocha in my favorite coffee shop right now. They deserve all the acknowledgment and appreciation for sacrificing their own lives to protect us. We all know that there will always be an outbreak of violence. But, having that assurance that they would always be there to protect us makes it easier to live by every single day. Therefore, if you know anyone who is in the military, it won’t hurt to give at least a small token of appreciation for all their sacrifices.

“As I reflected on my own experience, I could see both sides. When I was on active duty, when people noticed I was in uniform, a common experience was people walking up and saying “thank you for your service.” To me, it felt great to receive the acknowledgment and it would make me feel proud of what I do. I feel honored to wear the uniform; being acknowledged for doing so is an added bonus.” – Michael B. Brennan, PsyD. 

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Here are some few tips that can help you to have an idea on how you can show your appreciation to our brave soldiers:

Smile and Acknowledge Their Deeds

You won’t definitely break a sweat by offering a sweet smile to your friend soldier. Smiling is the easiest way to show your gratitude for all the things that they are doing to protect the nation. Add up a simple acknowledgment and for sure, you can make their day brighter. Smiling and acknowledging their deeds would cost you zero penny. There’s really nothing left to lose.

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Offer Them a Meal

Being a soldier is really tough. You do not know when would be the next ration of food will come, nor the next instance when you can spend time with your family. If you will have the opportunity to cook a meal for a soldier, don’t let it pass. I assure you that it would mean so much to them. A delicious meal nurtures the soul. 

On the other hand,  licensed clinical psychologist Sarah Schewitz says, “It feels good to do something nice for someone. It boosts your self-esteem, it makes you feel like a better person, and it can help you overcome any negative feelings you are experiencing in the moment.”

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Give Them a Simple Thank You Letter

The American philosopher and psychologist William James said, “The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. When you say thank you, you’re meeting that basic human need.”

Nothing could go wrong with a simple letter. It is very simple, yet heartwarming. A thank you letter is also cheap and very easy to do. It doesn’t take a lot of time to write one. All you have to do is to write a letter from your heart. I’m pretty sure that a sincere thank you letter would make any soldier feel special. It is a small token you can give in return for their hard work.

Show Your Appreciation

How to show your appreciation? This has fast become a sought-after answer to this question simply because everyone wants to give something back to the military and those who have helped them. “To express appreciation is to express value for someone else,” says Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D.

However, showing your appreciation can be tough for thousands as they really don’t know what is suitable. What do you think offers a token of appreciation? Well, to be honest, it can be hard because you have hundreds of amazing options to consider. There are a few options, however, that might prove to be extremely useful and if you want to know more, read on. You might be surprised at what you find.

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Give Something Back

It’s hard to know how to show your appreciation or what to do because you can honestly feel lost and unsure. However, there are many good military charities that help former soldiers and those who have been hurt in the line of duty and are in constant need of contributions. They can be ideal and something that can show your appreciation. Now, giving a donation to a military charity can be the perfect way to offer something back too. When you want to offer something back you can offer a small donation that can be greatly needed. Show your appreciation today.

Allen R. McConnell, Ph.D. wrote, ” Invest in others. Research by Dunn et al. shows that spending money on others, rather than on oneself, maximizes happiness. Their research shows that spending even small amounts of money ($5 or $20) on others makes people happier than spending the same amounts of money on oneself.”

Offer Time to Local Military Charities

Showing your appreciation can be extremely tough simply because no matter what you do, you feel as though it’s not enough. However, if you are stuck as to how to show your appreciation you could consider volunteering. Now, offering time to a local military charity can be extremely important and a great way to show your appreciation. This can make you feel better about yourself as well as give something back too. It’s a useful option to consider and something you will enjoy too.

Write a Thank-You Letter

If you want to show your appreciation, why not write a thank-you letter? This can be far more heartwarming and appreciated than many other thank-you gifts. It might not seem a great deal of effort but it can be worth so much more than you think. A simple thank you letter can say so much to someone and it really makes a big difference too. Writing a letter doesn’t need to be pages long, a brief thank you and a few words, that is all that’s needed. You can opt for a short message that means something to you and once you have written it and are happy with it, you can send it away. Read more news from here.

Small Appreciation Can Mean More

“Simply stating a phrase is one of the ways that they are choosing to honor the ones that they most likely see as allowing us to live the lifestyles that we do in a free land. Although America is not perfect, it strives to be,” says Michael B. Brennan, PsyD.

Showing even a small token of appreciation can be extremely good and it can put your mind at ease knowing you’ve played your part. Yes, you might think something small as a thank you note or a donation to a local charity isn’t much but it is a lot and means so much to so many. No matter how little the show of appreciation is, it can mean so much. That is important to remember simply because nothing is too small. Show your appreciation in your own way.

 

 

One Act Of Gratitude At A Time

Have you ever had that one person in your life who has always been genuinely kind to you? Maybe it’s your family, a neighbor, a gym buddy, an officemate, or sometimes, just a random stranger.  It could be anyone around you. In this world where bad news is all over the news, I believe there is still that one person who can still show kindness to anyone. It does not have to be grand, even a simple act of kindness can make a BIG change, maybe not to the world, but maybe to someone else’ s life. “Studies have found that gratitude interventions such as keeping a gratitude diary or reflecting on positive daily events can facilitate social well-being.,” says Mark Travers Ph.D.

Whenever we meet someone who shows us a random act of kindness, some people cannot help but think of ways on how to reciprocate it.  And sometimes, we find ourselves lost for ideas. We want to show them gratitude, but we just don’t know how.

 There are actually a lot of ways to show gratitude and appreciation. These things do not always have to be magnificent and monumental.  You can give or do something for those people you feel grateful for something simple, yet personal.

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To give you an idea on how to show gratitude, below are the list of the things you can do:

Make a Letter

 A handwritten note or letter goes a long way. According to Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D., “People consistently get a mood boost when writing gratitude letters.” Don’t be bothered by your bad handwriting; what’s more important is the effort that you put into it and your sincerity, as well. With technologically advanced gadgets, you will seldom find someone who will write you a letter. With all the devices that made our life easier and faster, many will find writing a letter a strenuous activity. So, writing even just a simple thank you note or letter makes it just more personal. The person whom you will give it to will surely appreciate the gesture.

Spend Quality Time with Them

Sometimes the best way to show someone how much you value or appreciate them is by simply spending time with that person. It only shows that you want to be with them. Think about this, you are actually spending your well-deserved vacation leave or maybe your most awaited weekend after a long week at work with this person.  A lot of people value the quality of time you share with them, and that is one way to thank that person even without you saying it.

Maybe, you can also help back in return? Help out that person in any way you can especially when he needs it the most.  Or maybe you can offer help, like perform simple house chores or assist in house celebrations.

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Just Say It!

When someone makes you feel good or does something nice for you, you always say “Thank You!”. Be sincere and thankful that someone, a much better way to say it is to be specific like “Thank You for helping me out today, without your help, I don’t think I could’ve done it.“ and end it with your big bright smile.

Give a Gift

Okay, giving gifts doesn’t have to be expensive. A simple token of appreciation is good enough. It is just your simple way of showing how grateful you are to that person. A gift may also mean cooking for them. Try to cook their favorite dish or dessert, maybe? Well, if you do not have the magical talent in cooking, just buy burgers or cake on your way to that person. They will still appreciate it because you remembered.

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Treat Them

If your budget can afford it, why not treat that person for a pedicure or maybe, a body massage? If you do not want to spend, you can also treat them by doing things for them that you know very well they hate to do. They will surely be grateful.  You can also think of inviting them to a place or something they always wanted to see, yet they do not have time or money for it. These are just one of the many things you can do to show people how you appreciate and value them. It will make them feel important and empowered. Reciprocating kindness for one person at a time can make a difference in the world. It may not seem to look that much, but someday it will be.

“Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation, and positive psychology research has found neurological reasons why so many people can benefit from this general practice of expressing thanks for our lives, even in times of challenge and change,” says  Courtney E. Ackerman, MSc.        

 

3 Best Thank You Gifts Given to WWII Veterans

 Every year, we commemorate the WWII veterans and the fallen soldiers who ensured the survival of peace and democracy in the most tiring time of human history. We have shown our utmost gratitude to them through simple gifts, letters, and speeches made by the leaders of our respective countries. But, nothing can be compared to these gifts of gratitude given to WWII veterans to show the fruits of their labor as former soldiers of the biggest world war in history. Continue reading “3 Best Thank You Gifts Given to WWII Veterans”