LDS Living staff - November 13, 2010
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” ~Aldous HuxleySometimes it feels like the two least-used words in the English language are "thank you." It's sad how busy we get and easily forget to be thankful. But that can change!
In General Conference this past October, President Monson taught:
"A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude. Often we feel grateful and intend to express our thanks but forget to do so or just don’t get around to it. Someone has said that 'feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.'”
Teach your family the importance of showing gratitude on more than just Thanksgiving Day. Here's a family activity that will teach them to be more aware of their blessings, whether great or small.
Create a Thankful Jar--a jar you will fill up with notes of gratitude. From now until Thanksgiving, encourage your family to write things they are thankful for on a piece of paper and place it in the jar. Small children can draw pictures of these things, instead. On Thanksgiving, open up the jar and read together as a family the things everyone wrote.
Dedicate a family night to teaching your family about thankfulness, and then decorate an empty jar as your Thanful Jar. This is a great way to set the mood for the following weeks.
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