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Sages throughout history have understood that giving thanks has immense spiritual benefits for both thanker and thankee. Take time during this holiday season to enrich your life and lift your spirits. Be grateful. Give thanks. Wishing you the happiest of holidays, filled with gratitude and warmth.
Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness
“Gratefulness is honing alertness to the benefits that we possess without waiting until they are gone to appreciate them. Furthermore, gratefulness is recognizing the individuals responsible for those benefits.” This single page dedicated to gratefulness is part of an unusual Character First program sponsored by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Unfortunately, this page lacks any links to the rest of program, so to see it, you’ll need to modify this Web address by removing everything after the last “/” in the Web address.
Harvest Celebrations Around the World
Gratitude, gratefulness, and thanks giving are central themes not only of our American Thanksgiving holiday, but of many cultural celebrations including the Jewish Succot, the Yam Festival of Ghana and Nigeria, the Korean Chusok, and Pongal, the Rice Harvest Festival of India. This fabulous site from FamilyCulture.com explains the similarities and differences between eight such holidays around the world. Includes links to lesson plans for use in the classroom.
Learn2 to Write a Thank-you Note
“If someone does something especially nice for you, it’s important to let that person know how much you appreciate it. A thank-you note is the perfect means to do so. It’s a personal touch that’s enjoyed by all involved. Besides, it only takes a few minutes, and the results can last much longer.” This five-step Learn2 tutorial has some really good advice on keeping your thank-you note materials accessible and organized, and ends with this instruction (which has often been my own downfall): “Mail it!”
Oprah’s O to Go Thanks Giving E-cards
On her popular television show, Oprah Winfrey encourages viewers to keep an attitude of gratitude. In keeping with her devotion to the theme of giving thanks, her electronic Thanksgiving cards do not feature turkey with all the trimmings, but rather a selection of eight gratitude quotes. “Everytime we say â€˜Thank you’ we experience nothing less than heaven on earth. â€“ Sarah Ban Breathnach.” Send them to friends and family along with a personal message of gratitude.
Thank You in 465 Languages
From Abenaki (a native American tribe who say “wliwni”) to Zulu (a South African tribe who say “ngiyabonga”), this just-for-fun page shows us how to give thanks in 465 languages! Additions are always appreciated, so if you know how to say “thank you” in a language not listed, Webmaster Jennifer Runner wants to hear from you. Once you’ve mastered “thank you,” you can advance to learning greetings such as “Good morning” and “How are you?”