Gratitude Challenge: Day 2 – Gracias, Merci, Danke

Welcome to Day 2 of the Gratitude Challenge! Today we focus on verbally expressed gratitude. Saying “thank you” out loud is not just good manners for children to learn, but a part of verbally sharing our thankfulness toward another. Imagine a world where you work hard, clean up after others, are civil, hold doors open for others, help when asked, don’t complain and through all of that you are never thanked, appreciated or recognized. Today is about making others feel thanked, appreciated and recognized.

Day two of the Gratitude Challenge requires two things.
1. A marker
2. The back of your hand

Gratitude has a short memory:

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time remembering. Another way of putting it is that I easily forget. . Every day we practice with our kids saying “please” and “thank you” even for the small stuff.  When one lesson ends another begins as we try to instill gratitude into our children. Today write “Thank you” on the back of your hand. Be sure to share your thankfulness with someone. Go beyond “thank you” and towards the why. Lean into why you are thankful and watch the person’s demeanor change as they receive your thankfulness.

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