My mother always says, “It’s never too late to say thanks,” and she has even sent thank you notes months late, starting with that line. And while I really hate to admit she’s right, I think she is right – as the saying goes, “Better late than never”. So as we are in the month of November and starting to prepare for Thanksgiving, this is a perfect time to reflect back and focus on gratitude and what we are thankful for.
I asked my boys, and they told me…to list just a few:
• School, as much as I hate to say it!
• Good parents
• Drinkable water
• A good home
• Good friends
• Food – especially vanilla ice cream
• Grandparents who love and take care of us (Of course my mother helped
provide this idea:)
My list includes: my husband, who is my helpmate and who volunteers to coach our sons’ baseball teams; my boys who constantly remind me how great it is to have a loving family; my parents who are active in our lives; my mother who actually makes Thanksgiving dinner (and lots of other dinners throughout the year) and assigns me pop to bring; all of my Birmingham Pediatrics patients who make me smile and enthusiastic to come to work everyday!
So as we prepare for the season of Thanksgiving, think about ways you can teach your kids the importance of gratitude:
• Be a good role model by writing thank you notes, emails, or texts promptly thanking people and acknowledging their thoughtfulness
• Give someone you love (your spouse and kids) a hug and tell them how important they are in your life
• Do someone a favor or give an unexpected gift, just because, expecting nothing in return
• Take a few moments everyday to say “thanks” for the day
• Tell someone how much you appreciate their efforts on your behalf
• Think about people who have made a positive difference in your life
So rather than spending one day per year on gratitude, make it a daily occurrence. It doesn’t cost a penny, yet it will make you feel great. Try making a list with your family! I bet you will be surprised with their responses.
Wishing you all a wonderful, delicious and thankful Thanksgiving,