Gratitude

Gratitude

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.

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Kaboose: Thanksgiving Games and Activities4 stars

These games and activities from Kaboose are all about giving thanks. For example, the Gratitude Grab Bag for preschoolers and elementary grades, is a bag filled with cards that is passed around the table or a circle. "Each child takes a turn reaching into the bag and pulling out a card. If the card says 'THANKSGIVING' the child should express something or someone they are thankful for (parents, teachers, pet, favorite food, etc.) If they pull out a picture, they show it to all and then express why we should be thankful for that item (food, clothes, trees, grass, stores, cars, etc.)."

Harvest Celebrations Around the World5 stars

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.

Thinkexist.com: Gratitude Quotes4 stars

"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears." Anthony Robbins. "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward. This searchable collection of quotes about gratitude is sorted by multiple keywords and author. Without a free membership, though, you are limited to the number of pages you can view. Membership also unlocks features such as saving favorite quotes, and voting on quotes.

Thank You in 465 Languages3 stars

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?"

Thank You Note Samples4 stars

Dozens of examples of thank you notes can help you find just the right words or tone for you own thank you letter. "You don't have to send the greatest note in the world or come up with clever phrases. Just let them know you appreciate it. When have you ever wished someone hadn't thanked you?" Categories of sample notes include birthday thanks, graduation thanks, hospitality thanks and so on.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Learn2 to write a Thank-you Note

Quote Garden: Gratitude

UC Davis Gratitude and Thankfulness Research Project


Cite This Page

Feldman, Barbara. "Gratitude." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 22 Nov. 2010. Web. 1 Apr. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/gratitude/ >.


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By . Originally published November 22, 2010. Last modified November 22, 2010.

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