Practice Gratitude this Fall from Our Independent Living Communities

Learn how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude!


Showing gratitude and being thankful tends to be more popular around the fall months as the holidays are approaching. However, it’s easy to lose the spirit of gratitude shortly after those holidays, or not really give it any conscious thought in your day to day life. Still, making the effort to be grateful all year long can make your life so much more enjoyable! Within our multiple independent living retirement communities across the country, we highly prioritize our residents’ social and emotional wellbeing, and being grateful plays a big role in accomplishing that goal. Keep reading if you’re looking for gratitude practice tips.

Giving a Gift

Our first gratitude practice tip is to help you show gratitude for your loved ones. We all have special people in our lives that we appreciate more than anything. While a “thank you” goes a long way, have you ever considered giving them a meaningful gift out of the blue? Gifts don’t need to be extravagant or expensive to really express to your loved one that you’re glad they are in your life. It’s easy to think of gifts during celebrations and birthdays, but if you go out of your way to give someone a gift on a regular day of the week, that will truly show you care about them and are thinking of them.

Writing a Card

While giving a gift can really communicate your gratitude for a friend or family member, a card can have a similar outcome! When the recipient lives a great distance away, is unable to meet up with you, or for some other reason a gift doesn’t seem feasible, writing a card adds a personal touch that really speaks volumes. Writing them a card explaining specific ways you are grateful for them in your own writing will be a keepsake they cherish forever. The wonderful thing about this option is you can even write a thank you card or letter of gratitude to someone in your past you’ve lost contact with or someone who has passed away. The feelings of gratitude and love can be truly transformative.

The Take Three Exercise

This way of showing gratitude may seem a little unorthodox at first, but it can be extremely powerful for improving your mood and overall outlook on life. The Take Three Exercise proposes that every three hours, you do your best to stop what you’re doing and take three minutes to name three things you are grateful for. They can be simple things, such as a great cup of coffee or liking the shirt you chose to wear that day. It’s easy to forget to do this exercise every three hours at first, but as you build the habit, you’ll start to see the amazing benefits! You’re training yourself to start looking for good things that are happening to you all the time. The more you focus on the good, the more you see increasingly good things happening every single day.

At each of our independent living retirement communities, we empower our residents to find joy, satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives. Whether you write out a list, think it out in your mind, or talk to someone, having a regular practice for expressing gratitude can be a great tool for feeling fulfilled. We know it can feel much easier to focus on negative experiences going on in our lives, but gratitude slowly helps you start recognizing more uplifting and wonderful things. We hope these tips for how to practice gratitude helped you, and we hope you give them a try!

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