November is National Gratitude Month, a time of year for reflecting on what we are thankful for and giving back to those in need. Research has found that people who take time each day to practice gratitude are not only happier in general, but they are usually healthier, too. In fact, Psychology Today reports that there are seven scientifically-proven benefits of gratitude that include improved health, better relationships, and boosted self-esteem. So how does one begin practicing gratitude? There are simple ways of making gratitude a part of every day, like keeping a gratitude journal, starting a gratitude jar, or participating in the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.
At Brownieland Pictures, we are grateful for nonprofits making a difference in communities every day, and we are honored to partner and volunteer with some incredible Atlanta organizations. We also recognize the organizations that provide guidance, grants, and partnerships enabling nonprofits to continue to impact the lives of people in their communities and beyond. There are many ways to show gratitude to these organizations, like lending a helping hand or giving back to the community. One of the perks of connecting with local nonprofits is that we get a chance to discover all kinds of programs ranging from organizations that support women-owned businesses to nonprofits that promote literacy.
To practice gratitude this Thanksgiving season, consider signing up for volunteer opportunities through Hands On Atlanta or find out how the whole family can lend a hand through projects with Pebble Tossers. Check out this article by Thrillist for volunteer programs with local nonprofits and discover some unique organizations helping communities throughout Atlanta. In this WSB-TV article, discover resources for those in need on Thanksgiving in the Metro Atlanta area. Also, find out where and how to volunteer this Thanksgiving no matter where you live in this article by Delish. Whatever you decide to do to help this holiday season, it will not only benefit others but you, too. After all, as Douglas Wood writes: “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”