How to Be Thankful

There is good reason to believe that people who cultivate thankfulness tend to be happier and healthier than those who don’t. Thankful people appreciate what they have instead of obsessing over what they lack. They express gratitude to others, and often receive more gratitude in return as a result. They see each day as a new opportunity for happiness, rather than another challenge to struggle through. While some people may naturally be more thankful, don’t assume that you cannot nurture a more thankful perspective in your own life. It may not be easy, but you’ll be thankful that you made the effort!


Being Thankful in the Moment

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    Take a minute to be thankful for your life. Sometimes a good way to get back on track and feeling better is to take a break. You’ll need to identify things to be grateful for, and sometimes the break itself is a good reason to be thankful.

    • At work, school, etc., go for a walk around your building or step outside for fifteen minutes to breathe the fresh air. Spend this time musing on how thankful you are for the opportunity to take a break, to stretch your legs, to feel the sun.
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    Tell someone you appreciate them. So often life gets busy and you forget to tell people that they matter to you, or that you’ve noticed what they do and it means a lot to you. Expressing your thanks to others will cultivate an atmosphere of thankfulness that can spread out gradually.

    • Say, for instance, your spouse packs your lunch for you. Tell or message them something like “Honey, I know packing a lunch doesn’t seem like much to you, but I really appreciate how you always try to make my morning just a bit less hectic.”
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    Talk about gratitude with family. Set aside a time, like the evening meal, to talk about the things you were grateful for that day. Let each family member have a turn to discuss what made them thankful that day.

    • Make it a routine to go around the table and mention at least one thing you’re thankful for before digging in.
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    Send thank you notes. It is really amazing what sending just a small thank you note can do. A thank you note acknowledges that the person gave you something (time, effort, a gift) that they didn’t have to and that you appreciate what they’ve done. You don’t have to write a massive novel thanking them, just a few lines that let them know what they and their gift, time, effort, etc. meant to you.

    • Thank you texts, emails, voicemails, etc. are great to send (and receive) as well. But there still seems to be something particularly special about a handwritten thank you note.
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    Give back as part of giving thanks. Being thankful isn’t just about telling people you are thankful — it’s also about giving back to your community and friends. This doesn’t mean that you give back so that everything is even and no one “owes” anyone anything. Give because it’s the right thing to do and because it feels good to do it.

    • Do something for the people in your life who have helped you. For example, help your sister’s family clean their house during a really busy season, take your grandmother to her doctor’s appointments, or give your friend a hand moving into her new place.
    • Do something for people you don’t know. You should always thank those who help you, but you can also pay their kindness forward to others. For example: your college advisor helps you out in ways that you can never repay, so you instead pay that forward and mentor others.
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    Focus on the intention behind kindness shown to you. When someone does something nice for you — gives you a gift, brings you a hot meal, offers to read over and edit your thesis — focus on how they tried to bring something good into your life. Someone gave up their precious time, money, etc., just so they could do something kind for you.

    • This focus cultivates an atmosphere of gratitude that is then passed on to other people through your actions and words, especially if you have children.
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    Make a point to say “thank you” regularly. Thank the barista who makes your coffee, thank the person who held the door for you, thank the customer service person who helped you figure out why your phone wasn’t working. Speaking the words aloud can help cement the feeling of gratitude in your life.

    • Use the words “thank you” as a sort of prayer or mantra. You can thank specific things, or you can just repeat the words over and over to yourself. For example, you could give thanks for the food you ate this morning, the rain for watering all the trees, your rain jacket for keeping the rain off, and so on.
    • By cultivating gratitude (and by speaking it aloud), you can do things like ease anger, anxiety, depression, and other health problems.
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    Find reasons to be thankful, even when it’s difficult. Sometimes it can be really hard to be thankful in your life. These are the times, however, when it is even more important to cultivate gratitude, because that will help you get through the hard times better than getting angry or upset will.

    • To cultivate gratitude for something like a difficult or boring job, make a list of the good things about the job: it gives you money so you can buy food and have a roof over your head, it gives you a chance to take the bus into the city and see the early morning sun, and so on.
    • For something like a break-up, you should allow yourself time to grieve and be sad. Being grateful doesn’t mean doing away with emotions like sadness, anger, etc. it simply means making them more manageable. After you’ve given yourself time to grieve, make a list of the things that you learned or are grateful for from the relationship, and then what you are thankful for about the relationship being over.


Developing a More Thankful Mindset

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    Keep a gratitude journal. Record your reasons to be thankful each day in order to cement them in your memory. It doesn’t matter how difficult your life is at the moment, there is always something to be thankful for. Finding that will help you deal with the other parts of life.

    • Record about five things you’re thankful for every single day. These can be things as simple as “the sun was shining,” or they can be as big as “my significant other proposed.”
    • Spend a little time each day reflecting on the things you’re most grateful for. You may even find that you have more than five things you want to record.
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    Refer back to your gratitude journal as needed. When you’re having a particularly difficult time, it can be beneficial to go back to what you’ve written previously. If it’s a really hard time, find the smallest things that you can be grateful for.

    • For example, even if you have a terminal illness, you can be grateful for things like someone bringing you dinner, a warm bed, or your cat snuggling with you. All these little things can make the trauma of the big thing (the illness) more bearable.
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    Get a gratitude buddy. Share your goal of becoming more thankful with a close friend or family member, and ask for their help. Choose someone you can comfortably talk to about the things you’re grateful for. Also make it a person who will hold you accountable when you go down the slippery slope of complaining about things.

    • It might work best as a two-way-street — that is, each of you helping the other to become a more thankful person.
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    Turn around how you think about difficulties. People who are thankful for the things in their lives aren’t living an easier life than you. In fact, many people who practice gratitude abundantly have struggled quite a bit. They, however, understand that it isn’t the situation that’s the problem, it’s how you think about the situation that makes it easier or more difficult.
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    Use the right words to describe your life. Using negative language and labeling can make a situation more difficult, and make it harder for you to be thankful in general. For example, labeling it “my horrible illness” creates a more negative perception than simply saying “the illness that I have.” In the second instance, not only are you not making the illness part of you, you are also utilizing neutral language, rather than negative.
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    Be positive about yourself and other people. Bashing yourself and others will make you less able to be truly thankful. When you find that you’re thinking negatively about yourself or another person, stop and turn that thinking around. For example, if you think “I am so stupid when it comes to math,” tell yourself “I am having some difficulty with this math problem” instead.

    • A simple change in language and perception re-frames things so that the problem isn’t you, it’s that there is a disconnect between you and this problem. And that is something that you can overcome.


Cultivating Thankfulness with Mental and Physical Health

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    Practice mindfulness. By remaining in the moment, you are making it very difficult for your brain to race ahead and worry or plan for the future, or become bogged down in the past. This is one way of practicing thankfulness, because you are immersing yourself in the present, and thereby giving thanks to the “now.”

    • Practice mindfulness while you eat. Focus on the food that you’re putting into your mouth: Is it hot or cold? What is the texture? Is it sweet or sour or salty?
    • Try this while going for a walk, or simply sitting outside. Notice the color of the sky and shape of the clouds. Use your nose to locate any scents, and listen to the wind in the trees.
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    Meditate regularly. Meditation is another useful way of dealing with mental health issues and a general sense of malaise in your life. It can also help to support your thankfulness and gratitude practices.

    • Go somewhere quiet and meditate for at least fifteen minutes each day. Sit comfortably and take deep breaths. Focus on your breath. When errant thoughts demand your attention, acknowledge them and let them go when you exhale.
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    Don’t skimp on the amount of sleep you get. Sleep is a huge component of healthiness and happiness, both of which make it easier to be thankful. While it’s certainly admirable to practice gratitude even during those sleepless, anxiety-fueled times in your life, getting enough sleep can help make thankfulness easier to cultivate.

    • Set a consistent bedtime and wake-up time, create a comfortable sleeping location and a calming bedtime routine, and turn off all electronics well before bedtime.
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    Follow a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases happy chemicals like endorphins, which help to regulate your mood and make you feel better. And feeling good is both a reason to be thankful and a motivator for practicing gratitude.

    • Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This can be something as simple as going for a run, putting on some music and dancing, or doing some yoga.
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    Eat a healthy diet. Make sure you’re putting food in your body that will help you feel good, which makes it easier to feel thankful as well. Go for veggies and fruits like kale, red peppers, and bananas; good carbohydrates like brown rice, whole grains, and oats; and proteins like salmon, nuts, lean meats, and eggs. Avoid refined sugars and added salt as much as possible.
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    Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Water is a necessary component to making sure every part of your body and mind runs smoothly. Take sips regularly, and drink before you get thirsty.

    • Be thankful every time you can turn on the tap or open a bottle and have fresh, clean water to drink. Keep in mind that millions (perhaps billions) of people around the world don’t have this luxury. 
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How to Set up Your Own Affiliate Program


Choosing The Right Technology… for You

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    Decide which program will work for your site’s needs. One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is which program or script you’d like to use to process payments and manage your affiliate program. There are many different options, so it’s helpful to weigh the cost and benefits of each service or program. You can use your own script, join an affiliate network, or use a shopping cart service with a built in affiliate program.

    • Running it yourself on a script: Your own script and server will track your affiliates’ sales and the amount owed for those sales. It is then your responsibility to go in and pay your affiliates when their commission is due.
    • Affiliate network: An affiliate network will generally do all the tracking and affiliate recruiting for you, as well as make the payments each month. The affiliate network will then charge you a percentage for utilizing their service.
    • Shopping Cart Services: There are also shopping cart services that will help you to manage your info product business and your affiliate database. You will normally have to do more affiliate recruitment rather than depending upon an affiliate network’s large database, but you are much more in control than with the other alternatives.


Making Resources Available

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    Seek to stand out. Affiliate marketers are inundated with different products in many different niches. It can be extremely difficult for you to stand out from all of the options. As a product seller, you’ll want to do everything in your power to stand apart from the crowd and grab the attention of potential affiliates. One of the best ways to do that is to offer your affiliates plenty of resources so they can get their promotions up and running quickly and easily. Some resources you might consider offering your affiliates might be

    • Graphic banners
    • Articles
    • Sample excerpts of your product
    • Marketing plans, and more.
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Making Yourself Available

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    Make time for your affiliates. If you are not willing to set aside time to ensure the success of your affiliates, you most definitely will lose them.

    • Make sure your contact information is easily displayed for those who might want to get a hold of you with questions or concerns.
    • Be sure to offer an option other than a single email address, just in case there might be email glitches that prevent your affiliates email from reaching you.
    • Set up a forum, blog, or social media hub where your affiliates can connect with you.
    • Other options – offer phone help or host question and answer webinars.
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How to Become an Internet Affiliate

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    Identify your niche. The Internet is a big place and being an affiliate for something that doesn’t ring true for you can be a big mistake.

    • Do you have an existing blog dealing with specific subject matter? Are you a member of local clubs or organizations dedicated to one thing? Make sure the topic you choose to market is one that you are passionate about.
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    Purchase a dedicated web domain name. Make sure that it features words that are important to your subject matter.

    • If your subject matter is dog training, try to have the words “dog” or “training” in your web domain–both words if possible. Try to avoid misspelled words or unrelated slang. Topic-specific jargon is actually good in this case ,as it will help people who understand the topic know that you are intimate with it.
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    Put a website on your domain. If you have an existing blog hosted elsewhere, try to move it to your web domain or at least link to it with a menu link. Most major blogging sites have a way for you to move all of your content along with the blogging tools to a separate web domain.

    • You’re going to have to design a site and create some content if you don’t have a blog. There are plenty of resources out there for premade site templates that are easy to use and look professional. There are also many content management systems that are easy to learn.
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    Place affiliate links in appropriate places. If you’ve selected more than one product, make sure that each link is related to the content of the website or Web page.

    • You may consider creating a whole page of suggested products with your affiliate links. Some affiliate programs may provide you with banner and leaderboard advertisements. Graphical ads can be very useful, but don’t let them crowd your page.
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