Gratefulness In the Community
Appreciating what I have and how others help me
To practice Gratefulness I will:
- show others how much I appreciate them
- write thank-you notes
- take care of what I have
- count my benefits rather than my burdens
- be content
Thank with Character
We may utter the words “Thank You” or a similar phrase often, but if you really want the phrase to be heard, pair it with a character quality. For children, especially, when you recognize their character-based effort over the achievement, it identifies a generalized good behavior to repeat over the specific reason for the thanks. Here’s an example: Margie, thanks for helping your brother with his chores. You were generous with your time in helping someone. Robert, thanks for bringing me soup when I was sick. You are so compassionate. When you deepen your thanks by including character, you are showing a deeper observation which can make the receiver of your thanks feel even more appreciated.
How will you use character in your Thank yous?