The following was posted by Robert Greenlaw on the Character First! Newsletter:
November provides a great occasion to count your blessings and give thanks.
Teach your children the definition of gratefulness: “letting others
know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.”
Make a list of those who have benefited your family, and discuss
ways you can show your appreciation. Remember that gratefulness is more
than a feeling. It involves expressing appreciation for others’
contributions. Consider these ideas:
- Write “Thank You” notes to schoolteachers.
- Make food or desserts for someone who has helped your family.
- Send notes of appreciation to city leaders, police officers, or other public servants.
Recall the good things that happened this year, even the unexpected benefits of disappointments.
Grateful relationships should be the rule all year. It is the season, however, to give your old coat, your unused toys, some canned goods or whatever you can spare. If you don’t know where or how to do this then connect with your local Rotary Club.