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The Gratitude Board Project

Gratitude  [grat-i-tood, -tyood]   –noun:  the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

Our family did something really cool this summer.  We created (or more precisely my wife created) a Gratitude Board.  A giant poster board with things we are grateful for each day.  What a great thing to teach your children—gratitude.

How much gratitude do you get on a regular basis?  The answer is not enough for most of us.  Why is that?  It’s not a habit for most of us.  We tend to take things for granted.  Relationships begin to falter.

My wife decided to be proactive, and not only teach our kids about positive values, but also remind us adults.  It has been a really great adventure.  Our 6-year-old is grateful for things like Legos, ice cream, the new bunk beds, and my work putting the bunk beds together.  Our 2-year-old is grateful for his brother, Mommy, the neighbor, and poop.  Not sure about that last one!

Think about gratitude.  Are you grateful?  Do you communicate your gratefulness?  Do you communicate it often enough?  Make your own gratitude board, either at home or at the office.  Put one up on the bulletin board at work and let people fill it in.  See what others are grateful for; you might be surprised.