One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to say an extra-special “Thank You” to someone each day. Gratitude is an amazing thing! It works off of the whole “It is better to give than to receive” principle. When you thank someone for something, it gives so much happiness to the other person that the goodness reflects back on you and you’ll feel like you’ve been given a gift, too. Luckily, this is an easy habit to establish–much easier that running out in the cold each day, or swearing off chocolate bars!
Today is the 99th (official) birthday of the United States Coast Guard. My beloved father-in-law served many years in that branch of the military and eventually retired as an officer. I am thankful for his years of service, and for all the opportunities he gave his children to see and learn about our country as they moved from place to place during his career. Sending him a message this morning, I hoped he would understand that I see so much value in his life and his career in the Coast Guard. Saying “Thank You” for this made me realize all over again how lucky I am to have been blessed with a wonderful father-in-law and husband. What a way to begin the day!
So, it’s not too late–it still being January and all!–to make an addendum to your list of resolutions and incorporate this one. Whom can you thank today, deeply and sincerely, showing that you are grateful for something s/he has done? If you get your children to think this way, and show their thankfulness each day, they will grow up being loving, happy, and humble. Gratitude truly is a gift for everyone!
P.S. And thank you for reading this post today–I am always grateful for your readership of this blog!