National Gratitude Month: 30 Ways to Show Gratitude

November is National Gratitude Month and it is an excellent time to take stock of your life and realize the many things you have to be thankful for. With the hustle and bustle of regular life, plus the additional duties of caring for an elderly relative, it’s easy for you to operate on survival mode and overlook ways to show gratitude to others. Being a family caregiver is both rewarding and frustrating and it’s easy to lose sight of what you are grateful for.

Caregiver in Lauderhill FL: National Gratitude Month

Caregiver in Lauderhill FL: National Gratitude Month

Besides taking time each day or week to reflect on the people and circumstances you are grateful for, you can take some time to do activities and gestures that will be meaningful to the important people in your life.

Here are 30 ways that you can show gratitude to someone during National Gratitude Month.

  1. Give a sincere compliment to someone every day.
  2. Write a note to a family member, friend, or co-worker saying that you appreciate them.
  3. Cook a special meal for a loved one that consists of their favorite foods.
  4. Express your love to a family member that you don’t see very often.
  5. Offer a hug to someone who might need one.
  6. Leave positive notes in random spots for people to find.
  7. Teach children to say one nice thing about someone else in the family, which is fun at dinner.
  8. Encourage someone who is struggling by letting them know they are doing a great job.
  9. Say you are sorry when you are in the wrong.
  10. Offer to help someone with a job, chore, or task that is not pleasant.
  11. Give someone a break from their children and offer to tend to them for an evening.
  12. Send some flowers to a friend or family member for no specific reason.
  13. Surprise someone with a care package left anonymously on the front porch.
  14. Volunteer with disadvantaged people, such as at a shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity.
  15. Forgive someone who has wronged you.
  16. Send a positive text message or email to someone you haven’t connected with in a while.
  17. Plan a date for you and your significant other that takes a little time and effort to make it special.
  18. Put a note in your children’s lunch boxes or in their room somewhere that expresses something you admire about them.
  19. Deliver baked goods to the local police department or fire department.
  20. Pay for the person’s order behind you at the drive through coffee shop.
  21. Smile and hold the door for a stranger.
  22. Organize a drive for books, toys, clothes, coats, or food and donate them to a local charity.
  23. Get to know your neighbors by delivering some baked goods and chatting on the doorstep.
  24. Leave a big tip after your meal at a restaurant.
  25. Contact the manager of a helpful employee and let them know what good service you had.
  26. Write thank-you notes to people in service jobs such as teachers, cops, social workers, and daycare workers.
  27. Pick up litter in or near your neighborhood.
  28. Participate in a holiday charity, such as a tag from a tree at the store or give money to a bell-ringer.
  29. Keep a gratitude journal for yourself and write in it every week about what you are thankful for.
  30. Invite someone to a holiday dinner that would otherwise be eating alone.


November is definitely the month where we think about being thankful, but the truth is that people need to practice gratitude all year long and make it a way of life. The secret to finding a balanced and satisfying life for family caregivers is to look for ways to improve the lives of others. In that way, your own life changes for the better.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Lauderhill, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.




About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.