My First Thankful Thursday

Yesterday, I announced that I would be taking part in the 31 Days of writing challenge at I posted my first post in the private Facebook group that goes along with the challenge. I was then invited by Sarah at to join her Thankful Thursday linkup. I am thankful for the opportunity. If you are visiting from Sarah’s site, thank you!

Thankful Thursday

There are many things in life that we can be thankful for. Identifying categories of things we are thankful for is much easier than being specific.

For example, the typical person may say they are thankful for their family, pets, friends, health, job, and a place to live. This is the easy list for most people and may be almost automatic when asked at the dinner table on Thanksgiving day. Have these answers been said so often that they have lost their meaning?

What if you had to be specific?

What is it about your family that you are thankful for? We may have to try a little harder to think of an answer, but then the answer will not feel like a cop out! The answer will actually mean something to you and if you share with the person it will likely be meaningful to them as well.

The Challenge

I challenge you to think about one person in your family that you are thankful for. Then narrow down what exactly it is that you appreciate them. The idea is to have it be more meaningful than the generic “I’m thankful for my family”. Why are you thankful for them?

Once you have a list, of one or two things, share it with the person. It may make their day. If you want to you could write a thank you note!

An example

I am thankful for my husband, Ted. That was the easy part!

Most happily married people would say they are thankful for their spouse. Specifically, I can share that I am thankful that Ted listens to my ideas and is supportive. When some of them are not realistic he is gentle about it.

Who are you thankful for today and why?

About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

6 thoughts on “My First Thankful Thursday”

  1. YES!!! Totally utterly yes!!

    This is exactly how I feel about gratitude, yet I have been unable to word it so articulately as this. I have always felt that the common “I am thankful for health, family and home” is pithy and meaningless. When I started writing in my gratitude journal, I stayed away from this. You saying that it is the why that is important is so spot on! I call it the little thankfuls, rather than the big thankfuls. Your words are so much better than mine! Thank you so much for sharing this with me and for linking up to #thankfulthursday. I hope that you come back!! xS

  2. I am thankful for my stepson, and his mother. They welcomed me into the family with smiles and hugs, and an invitation to their house for Christmas. That was nearly 10 years ago, and we’re just one big unconventional family. I recognize that they didn’t have to do that, and that I’m one lucky stepmom.

  3. Like many I am thankful for family and friend. Thankful my husband and all he does to make life a little easier for me. Like running the sweeper, mopping, drop offs at the door…things since had my knee replaced. One of the big things I am thankful for is when the sunshines.
    That makes my mind and body feel better.

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