Giving Thanks All Month Long
Last updated: November 1, 2021, at 5:03 p.m. PT
Originally published: October 28, 2020, at 1:06 p.m. PT
We have compiled a calendar of simple ways for you to give thanks and express gratitude as a family, one activity for each day! Challenge your family to demonstrate a way of giving thanks all month long.
November 1 – Start off your month of thanks by making a gratitude journal for the entire month of November. Keep track of all you are grateful for throughout the month.
November 2 – Create a Family Gratitude Wall
November 3 – Vote.
November 4 – Do something (anything!) outside today.
November 5 – Collect books you no longer read and add them to your local Little Free Library.
November 6 – Use the alphabet as a fun way to make a list of things you feel grateful for, as a family.
November 7 - Make or send a meal for to a family friend or neighbor.
November 8 – Check your coat closet to donate warm coats to a favorite charity.
November 9 – What is a game you are grateful for? Play it together as a family!
November 10 - Write down 10 things you are grateful for right now.
November 11 – It’s Veteran’s Day! Write a letter of thanks to a veteran you know to express gratitude for service of our country. Don’t know a vet personally? No problem – visit Support Our Troops to write letters to deployed soldiers.
November 12 – Donate canned foods to the food drive at your local grocery store.
November 13 – Today is World Kindness Day! Visit RandomActsofKindness.org for inspired ideas of Random Acts of Kindness.
November 14 – Call someone you’ve been missing and catch up!
November 15 – Tell your loved ones why you love them. Be specific.
November 16 - Draw a picture or write a poem for somebody.
November 17 - Pick up some trash that you find on the ground (at home or out and about).
November 18 – Draw a thank you picture for your teachers.
November 19 – Read books about being thankful. Here’s a great list.
November 20 – Organize your dresser and donate your too-small clothing to someone in need.
November 21 – Do a random act of kindness.
November 22 – Bake a treat for your neighbors.
November 23 - Join your local Buy Nothing group and participate in the network of hyper-local gift economies, aiming to give and get freely within your community.
November 24 – Create Gratitude Conversation Starters to elicit meaningful conversations with the family.
November 25 - Make a Give Thanks centerpiece. This is a simple project that is easy to personalize and make your own!
November 26 – It’s Thanksgiving! As you gather around the table, have each member of the family share something they are grateful for this year.
November 27 – Show gratitude to your home by doing an extra chore or two.
November 28 – Volunteer your time or donate to a cause you care about.
November 29 - Get crafty and make homemade holiday decorations for your friends and neighbors.
November 30 – Make a Kindness Advent Calendar and commit to doing a random act of kindness for every day in December.