22 Ways To Express Gratitude This New Year

22 Ways To Express Gratitude This New Year

We all can be a little bit more giving in this new year.
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Gratitude is so simple if done the right way. Whether this is interpersonal or intrapersonal (ie. family or grocery store manager), an act of kindness to show how grateful you are about someone or life in general can give great self-satisfaction. Here are a few things you may find helpful to do to express gratitude or maybe pass along to someone you know.

1. Send a text message.

This will only take a minute of your time during the day to tell someone you appreciate them and everything they do for you. Even if it was that coffee that they purchased for you a week ago.

2. Or even a phone call

What’s better than a text message? If you have 10 minutes of your day to spare to call someone that may need a quick thank you or a chat, this allows for little more of an intimate conversation and this will give time to catch up with someone close to you.

3. Send snail mail.

Let’s take it back to the olden days where letters were the best form of communication. I like this idea of expressing gratitude because this formulates to someone that you are willing to think of them the whole time you are writing down meaningful words. Letters also last way longer than a text message. One-hundred years from now, this letter may still be available to a relative to read and maybe they too will be get the idea of spreading gratitude to someone close to them.

4. Buy coffee or lunch

Sometimes things like this may just be a meaningless thought with an “I’ve got it this round” but a simple coffee or lunch purchase with a, “thank you for being in my life” will give someone a pick me up. It shouldn’t take much for someone to understand your gratitude.

5. Sticky note message

Just something to make someone smile, whether this be for someone at home, a co-worker, or a school mate, it will allow for a smile and maybe this will get passed along to someone new!

6. Hold the door open

I think this is one of my favorite things someone can do for me. I love when strangers hold doors open for me, and I love how surprised people are when I do it for them. It never fails to make someone smile!

7. Donate books to schools.

Schools can always use new or old books. If you’re able to donate anything that has been sitting on your shelf for the lasts 5 years collecting dust, teachers will love you forever.

8. Or school supplies

Pencils, markers, notebooks, folders, tissues, wipes, or anything that will benefit the classroom will always be appreciated; even if it is just an elementary school next to your house.

9. Send vacation postcards.

It’s really just the thought and time that counts – just like the letter, this will give someone the notion that you thought of them while on vacation and it can be kept and looked back on for years to come.

10. Give compliments.

Even if this is to the girl standing next to you at the bathroom sink, compliment her shoes or blouse. Women empowering women is always great!

11. Leave quarters at a vending machine.

You know someone just walked over there wishing they had a few quarters for that bag of chips.

12. Help someone clean their house.

If you’re mom expresses that she is cleaning her house on Saturday and you’re in proximity to her, go over unexpectedly and help out for a few hours.

13. Make dinner with or for someone.

Even if I’m not invited or asked to cook, I still get my hands dirty in the kitchen somehow. I think this kind of gratitude gives the idea that you’re capable of helping whenever you’re around and you’re comfortable enough to jump in on the fun.

14. Suggest a song to someone.

If I listen to a song and I think about a certain person that would love it too, I don’t hesitate to recommend it to them. I love when people send me a text saying they came across this song and thought of me.

15. Be patient and understanding.

I have practiced this while in grocery stores or standing in line at the DMV. There’s no use in getting upset at a situation that is uncontrollable. As there are apologies handed out because of the long wait, suggest that it isn’t a problem and that it happens. I feel like this releases any stress of rushing.

16. Buy little gifts.

If your friend or siblings see something they want and keep talking about it for a week after, go out and splurge a little on what they want. Of course this doesn’t have to happen all the time but it can just be a little reminder gift that you care.

17. Offer positive feedback.

If your classmate's presentation went well, give them the rundown on everything they did great at and pump them up with good vibes because everyone needs it once in a while.

18. Help take care of someone's pets or children.

Simple yet pleasing for someone. I do this fairly often and even if it doesn't seem like a lot, it does alleviate the stress of finding someone last minute

19. Giving hugs

Pretty cliché, but it probably is one of the easiest and comforting things to show gratitude. If you're not the hugging type, then this would definitely let someone know you are grateful.

20. Tip well

No matter where you are or where you go, be nice to your servers and bartenders. They are people just like you and they have feelings. Also, they don't make that much money and their tips usually range from 2 to 3 dollars per person. Sometimes its nice to leave a little more for them.

21. Volunteer locally.

This can be at a homeless shelter, the hospital, or the nursing home to give your time to those who don't always have someone there for them.

22. Buy flowers.

Whether this is a whole bouquet or a single rose, these are the little things that mean the most.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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How To Rock Your Natural Curly Hair This Summer & All Year Long

CALLING ALL CURLY HAIRED GIRLS: It's our season!

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All of your friends and your favorite famous idols all have long, straight hair. You take hours or get treatments on your natural curls to keep your hair straight, when in reality you are ruining the gorgeous curls that you should be rocking! I know it's hard to keep your curls under control, but with the right product and effort you can rock your curls all summer long. Curly hair is in! Here's how to rock your natural hair all summer long.

1. Coconut oil is your BFF.

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Whether it's in your conditioner or you use it as a spray or leave-in product, coconut oil is a great way to keep your hair shiny and frizz-free. For those of you who often straighten your hair, coconut oil can help tame and treat your damaged ends. Conditioners and products with coconut oil in them are always my go-to products. I would but this on this list 10 times if that would make you use it!

2. Stay by the pool.

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If my friends want to do something and I am having a bad hair day, I always suggest the pool. Not only can curls give you a beautiful thick messy bun, but my friends are always jealous of how good my hair looks in the pool. Curly hair, wet from the pool, is like a magic trick. Your hair will instantly look better.

3. Dye your hair!

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If you are like me and can't stand having your hair look the same 24/7, I have found dying my hair keeps me from wanting to straighten my hair or want to change it. Dying your curls will make whatever color you get really pop and keep you feeling fun and exciting in your natural hair journey. You don't have to do anything too drastic either! Sometimes so highlights or a lighter color is all you need.

4. Rock the pouf!

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Get that hair as big and crazy as you can get it, and ROCK IT! Don't let that volume and texture go to waste. Own your curls and wear them big.

5. Use a bandana or headbands for control & extra cuteness.

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When my hair gets a little more out of hand than I like, I opt for a headband or bandana to help style it. With curls, your hair has texture and can actually hold a headband in place. CVS and Walmart offer a large (and cheap) assortment of headbands and bandanas for all of your curly hair needs.

6. Braid parts of your hair to give your hair depth or add control.

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Sometimes a french braid on the side or over the top can not only make it look like you really took the time to style your hair, but also add control to your everyday look. I like to braid my hair when I know it is going to get frizzy or just want to slick down the top and rock a pouf in the back.

7. Invest in a good conditioner & hair mask.

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While you are relaxing with your face mask, why not do a hair mask at the same time? A hair mask is a great way to hydrate your curls and get them bouncy, conditioned, and frizz-free. You can find a variety of good hair masks for under 15$ and you can use them 2-3 times a week.

8. Get bangs... or just fake them!

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This one is #RISKYAF, but you don't actually have to cut your hair to get bangs. I use bobby pins to pin up my hair to give the illusion that I have bangs. It is great when you want to switch up your look or rock a ponytail or bun. Which leads me to my next point...

9. Bobby pins, bobby pins, bobby pins!

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Use bobby pins to hold your hair in place and control your hair while you go for a messy look! I pin my bangs to the side with bobby pins or use them to hold certain pieces in place. They are especially helpful for updo looks!

10. Comb your hair while you're in the shower.

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To avoid breakage and breaking apart your curls it is always best to comb your hair while you're showering. You need to condition your hair (to avoid breakage) and comb the conditioner through it until all of the knots are out. If your hair keeps getting caught in the comb and the knots aren't coming out, put more conditioner in your hair to help. Finish your shower and then rinse the conditioner out at the end. And BAM! Tangle and frizz-free curls. PRO TIP: Use a wide tooth comb, never a brush!

11. Invest in a hair turban towel.

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You can get these on Amazon, at TJ Maxx, at CVS, and the list goes on. Instead of drying your hair with a regular towel and making it frizzy, wrap it in a hair turban to get the wetness out while keeping it moisturized. Hair turbans will help keep in all of the moisturizer and conditioner locked into your hair after showers.

12. Use scrunchies instead of hair ties.

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Not only are they super cute to wear on your wrist, but they also won't crease your curls if you need to tie them up quickly. Scrunchies are also great because they can be tied loose and not damage or smash your curl pattern. I haven't used a hair tie in years and don't plan on using one anytime soon.

12. Be proud & rock the f*ck out of your hair.

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Healthy and loved natural hair will never do you dirty. Love your curls because 9/10 people wish their straight hair had the same texture yours does! Curly hair is a whole look, let's start appreciating it more!

Love your natural hair and get inspired by all of the tips and pics of super fab curly hair!

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