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Gratitude

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With the holidays, come a lot of feelings of want. Such as, “I want this present,” “I want my house to look good,” and so forth. Even though we create those long wishlists and daydream about what we want, rarely do we take the time to appreciate what we already have. That’s where gratitude comes in.

Gratitude, simply put, is acknowledging and appreciating what you have. Whether it’s taking the time to thank somebody who held the door open for you, or thanking your mother for home-cooked meals, expressing your gratitude can actually make you happier.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California, and his colleague Mike McCullough, at the University of Miami, conducted a study on gratitude by having their participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for in the last week; one group described things that had gone poorly; and one group described things that had affected them, without stating if it had gone negatively or positively. Ten weeks later, the group that had been keeping track of their gratitude, felt better about their lives as a whole and were a whole 25% happier than the group that focused on the negative.

So what are some ways you can focus on what you’re grateful for?

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down five things you’re grateful for every day. Once you start looking for things to be grateful for, they’re everywhere. Then you can reflect back on them if you are ever feeling down.

Gratitute Journal Diary

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2. Say Thank You

Sometimes we say the words “thank you” without thinking about it – but next time you say it, really mean it and appreciate what’s being done. Thank your waiter for their great service. Thank your mom for giving you a killer taste in music. Thank your friends for always listening. Realize how much others really are around to help you out.

Thank you note

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3. Write A Gratitude Letter

If there’s someone in your life who has affected you positively or did something you never thanked them for, now is the time to let them know you appreciate them. Jot down why you’re grateful for them, and stick it in the mail. Sometimes it is extra nice to get stuff like this down in writing.

Thank you note card message

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So don’t be bummed this year if you didn’t get something you wanted or were hoping for. Remember that there is so much you already have!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

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Holiday Happiness

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the holidays, which for most of us doesn’t just mean sipping hot chocolate with a red sweater on. For most of us, it means crazy schedules, empty wallets, and stress. Holidays can be a little overwhelming, especially when we also have finals to worry about. Instead of telling you how to de-stress your holiday, I’m going to remind you of a few things you can be grateful for this holiday season.

1. Education

Pat yourself on the back because you’ve either made it through your first semester of college OR you’ve made it through another semester without completely losing your mind (hopefully). After meeting someone who couldn’t go to college because she had to work to support her family, I started to be more thankful for my education. It shouldn’t take hearing something like that to be thankful, but sometimes it does. Just remember, if you’re in school, no matter how you got there, that is something to be thankful for.

2. Family

Deep down, everyone loves their family. It’s just hard to remember that when you’re home for a month and your mom tries to give you a 10 o’clock curfew. That used to REALLY frustrate me, but now that my mom has passed away I look back and laugh at those times. The things that bother you the most about your family members, are usually what you end up missing the most. Even though you’re going to feel annoyed, take a second, and just be thankful for who you have in your life.

3. National Pride

Even though our country seems to be going through some rough times right now and although it feels like we are divided by politics, it’s so important to remember the beauty in our country. As much as we may be angry with our government, trust me, we’ve got it good here. We are blessed to be free, and it is definitely something that millions of us take for granted. Recognize how great it is to live in this country.

College girl happy and smiling about Christmas holiday

There are so many things that each of us can be grateful for during this holiday season. If you turn your focus onto what is good in your life, the holiday stress will decrease. So instead of just making yourself crazy with all you have to get done, just take a breather, and remember what the holidays are truly about.

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A Thanksgiving Thanks

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Thanksgiving is one of those special times that make you stop and think about all the things you’re grateful for…

Family by your side supporting you unconditionally, friends who make you laugh and keep you sane, a clean bill of health, yummy food on the table. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things. A great burrito at your favorite dive, a drive to town with the windows down, or a stupid, funny text from an old pal.

At BookRenter, we are thankful for lots of things, but most of all, we are thankful for you. It’s you, our wonderful customers who joined our mission to make education more affordable for all students, and made this journey possible.

Thank you for believing in us! We wish you and your families a warm and super-filling Thanksgiving.

Always,
Your Friends at BookRenter


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Tell Us What You’re Thankful For and You Could Win $500 in Holiday Spending Money!

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It’s Thanksgiving season, a great time to ask yourself, “What am I thankful for?” Loving family, awesome friends, good health, your cat who acts more like a dog? Anything that matters to you, tell us what about your life makes you feel especially grateful, and you could win $500 holiday spending money for gifts, that new holiday outfit, traveling home, whatever you want!

In addition, BookRenter will make a $500 donation in the grand prize winner’s name to Second Harvest Food Bank, one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month.

The top three entries with the most “I like your Thanks Given” votes wins the $500 grand prize and two runners-up will receive $250 cash gift cards each.

Have an even warmer Thanksgiving this year!

Submit your “Thanks Given” by November 25th here: http://on.fb.me/v1UlmT

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