Do you have a November tradition about showing thanks? When the kids were younger, we loved to make a Thankful tree and put leaves all over it listing the things we were thankful for. That tradition kind of slipped away as the family got busy, but I have a new tradition to try -- one that will hopefully start a pay it forward chain in our community.
"You've Been Thanked" Gratitude Activity
I've been thinking about the Halloween idea of "You've been boo'ed," and the Easter idea of "You've been egged," and trying to find a way to make that work for Thanksgiving. I came up with an idea that I hope will spread an attitude of gratitude and cheer up hearts this November.
"You've been turkey-ed" doesn't really work, so how about, "You've been thanked?" My idea is for people to write kind thank you notes to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, the mailman -- whoever. Included with each thank you note would be a little card encouraging people to pay it forward and thank someone else.
What do you think? Will the gratitude chain catch on? I hope so. The idea came to me in the middle of the night, so it was either inspired or the result of a really tired brain.
The Pay it Forward Challenge
So, here's the challenge:
- Download the printable by clicking on the download image at the end of this list.
- Print and cut out your favorite note cards - 3 styles to choose from: Blank, college ruled and wide ruled
- Print and cut out challenge cards - Note that the two cards on the bottom are worded a little bit more simply than the cards on the top, so they might be more suited to children.
- Write some thank you notes! Let everyone know how grateful you are for them and what talents you have noticed in them.
- Attach your note card with a challenge card and mail your notes, stick them to neighbor's doors, put them on your co-workers' chairs -- whatever works. If you'd like, you can put an extra blank card in for them to use, but instructions to download more cards are included on the challenge card.
Both challenge cards start with a quote:
It's not happy people who are thankful, it's thankful people who are happy.
Happiness grows when you give it away.
and end with the following challenge:
We're all linked together by by the small acts of service we perform every day. I'm sending you a note as part of a gratitude chain. Please help me flood mailboxes and doorsteps with kind words by writing notes to others to brighten their day.
That's it. Will you take the challenge? I'm hoping it will be a great start for focusing on gratitude this month.
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This is such a great idea, we tend to forget sometimes to just be thankful even for the smallest of thing. I really love this I need to start something like this too.
It's true that even family traditions tend to slip away through busy times. But it's refreshing to know and have new ideas for the future.
What a beautiful idea! A kind gesture or thanks could completely change someones day. Team gratitude all year round! :)
This is a great idea! I've been trying to get my son to write letters to my grandma and he's been making little comics with little writing in it. (we're supposed to practice our writing when we do this) This would be great to get him to write a few, really good sentences.
This is such a cute idea. I love these printables too!
I like such a great idea. It can make someone's day.
I love sending notes. Specially "thank you" notes. They are so sweet and meaningful. We can easily forget to be thankful and thoughtful, specially with the business of life.
this is such a lovely thing to do, especially leading up to the holidays!
What a nice way to take care of family tradition. Activities like this makes occassions more memorable. I am definitely trying this.
Thank you cards like that are so sweet. I love to have cute items on hand for when I need them.
Let me say I love the pay it forward concept too!
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Those printable cards are such a great idea! There are so many small things to be grateful for, that sometimes we forget about and those cards make great reminders!
Giving thanks and sharing gratitude is always best practice I need to get my son and daughter write some thank you letter. Make it as tradition.
Gratitude is so important- especially for kids to learn. I live these ideas a lot. Thanks for sharing
How can I download the thankful printable cards? is says to add my email and then you will send them to me but there is no download.
Hi, Christy. I’m not sure why, but often the email with the download link goes to spam. After you click the button for the free printable and sign up for the newsletter, you should immediately get an email with the link. Please check your junk email folder for an email with a subject line something like, “Here is your complimentary printable.” It should have come before the welcome email.