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3 things to be thankful for 1. Be thankful for people, who are kind to you – people who treat you well. 2. Be thankful for having the possibility to take a walk / run at a beautiful place. 3. Be thankful that you are not a dinosaur. If you were a dinosaur, you would not live.

http://www.countryliving.com/life/a36880/what-country-living-readers-are-thankful-for/ https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/awesome-8-thanksgiving/ http://www.oprah.com/spirit/oprahs-gratitude-journal-oprah-on-gratitude https://today.uic.edu/i-am-thankful http://ei.yale.edu/what-is-gratitude/

When we think about and communicate what we are thankful for in our lives, we become happier.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#14da1789183c https://www.mindful.org/gratitude-changes-brain/ https://pathways.org/blog/7-ideas-encourage-children-to-be-thankful/

A study of couples found that individuals, who took time to express gratitude for their partner, not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.


At the most basic level, feeling appreciated makes us feel safe, which frees us to do our best work.


Research shows that high school students, who score high on gratitude, have more friends and higher grades.


Unlike other positive emotions like hope and happiness, gratitude is inherently relational. Gratitude acknowledges connection. It reaches past the person experiencing it and into the social realm.


Thank you box exercise Sometime during the week, every person in your household puts a note in the thank you box. On the note, she / he writes something she / he is thankful for in life.

Thank you box

On Sunday morning, everyone reads the notes for each other. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/understand-other-people/201209/nothing-be-thankful

Place card exercise When you have friends over for a meal, try this: On the back of each place card, write what you would like to thank the person for. Not only does it teach thankfulness, it will make your guests feel special.


To practice appreciation, try starting with yourself. At the end of the week, for example on Sunday morning, ask yourself this question: “What do I feel proud of having done this week?� Say thank you to yourself for having done that.

Adapted from https://hbr.org/2012/01/why-appreciation-matters-so-mu

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Research about thankfulness.


Research about thankfulness.