Although Thanksgiving is an annual day of thanks, the month of January is an annual month of thanks. Specifically, National Thank You Month is for people to pay respect to the people, places and things that they’re thankful for. And if you’re participating in Greek life, there’s plenty that you’re likely thankful for at this time of the year.
- There’s all the new friends and connections you’ve made since you joined your respective fraternity or sorority. Greek life has opened your world to opportunities that never before would have been possible for you. You’ve made lifelong friends and are now a part of a national organization that will help you succeed beyond graduation.
- Leadership opportunities: Greek life gives you a chance to discover who you really are. A big part of this is with the many leadership opportunities members are privy to. It helps build character, responsibility and other crucial skills to help one succeed throughout life.
- Service work: Greek life isn’t all about parties and meeting new people. Greek life gives members the chance to get involved in charitable work and other philanthropic work. It’s the old adage that with great power comes great responsibility, and using the responsibility for charitable work in the community can be a very eye-opening, rewarding and personally satisfying thing.
So now that we’ve ticked off things that fraternity and sorority members are thankful for, in what ways can they show this thanks during January’s National Thank You Month?
Here’s a few ideas on ways to give back:
- Random Acts of Kindness: Think of the people that you’re most thankful for. Perhaps it’s your frat brothers or sorority sisters? Your professors? Maybe your parents. Pay the thanks forward. This can be as simple as saying “thank you” to these people for all that they do, or something a step more, such as surprising those with coffee or candy for no other reason but to say “thanks.”
- Make a Donation: We already covered how you’re likely thankful for the chance to get involved in charity work. Why not pay the “thanks” back to these charities back by making a donation, even if it’s during a time of year when you’re not particularly involved with them?
- Just Say “Thanks”: Make an effort to be more appreciative of the people in your life and what they do for you, whether they play a large or a small role. Just saying “thank you” can go a long way.
Giving thanks has been described as one of the most important virtues, and while we shouldn’t have to dedicate a month to help us realize this, January is a great way to start being more appreciative and thankful of the things in life.
So, as a member of a fraternity or sorority, what are you thankful for?