It’s that time of year again and the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching.  This is a wonderful holiday as friends and family typically take the time to re-connect and engage in some quality time.  The Thanksgiving holiday is also very non-commercialized unlike many other holidays we celebrate.  I think that is something that makes this holiday unique.

However, I think we need to think critically about the term Thanksgiving Day.

It’s a very interesting day because we are often told we should be thinking about what we are thankful for.  But I often ask myself “Why do we only focus on being thankful once a year?”  I have similar thoughts on Valentine’s Day as well. 

During this time, people often reflect on what they are thankful for:

                Friends, family, relationships, food, employment, educators, health, reading, writing, etc…

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great to give thanks but I think we need to deeply explore how we are giving thanks and how we can continue to give thanks throughout the year.  It shouldn’t only happen once a year.  We need to do more than simply tell ourselves what we’re thankful for.  So, here is my Top 10 list of ways we can all give thanks throughout the year:

  1. The good old fashioned “HUG”
  2. A hand written thank you note
  3. Tell people specifically WHY you’re thankful
  4. Place an unexpected call to someone just to say thanks
  5. Buy the person you’re thanking a coffee and have a face to face conversation
  6. Netiquette – use social media like Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, etc…
  7. Get creative and write a poem
  8. Share a picture that displays the direct result of how  someone helped you
  9. Invite the person into your home for a meal
  10. Give a small token of appreciation for something they are interested in – Ex: movie passes

If you really liked option 1, take a look at this video on the Free Hugs Campaign.  It just makes you feel good about giving a hug!


On behalf of myself and the staff at Good Learning Anywhere and Sioux Hudson Literacy Council we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe lifelong journey of giving thanks.