February Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude Challenge 2023

Gratitude is the virtue of feeling and expressing thanks for benefits received.  It’s been called “the secret of a happy life.”  Grateful people are healthier, more alert, sleep better, and have more positive relationships.  A grateful spirit makes us aware of all that others do for us and inspires us to be helpful in return.  Frequent expressions of gratitude cost nothing but do a lot to make others feel appreciated and create a loving atmosphere in the home.

Make thankfulness part of your family culture

Culture shapes character.  If we want to raise children who are thankful, we need to create an intentional family culture that prioritises that virtue.  Gratitude rituals are one way to do that; they help thankfulness become a habit. 

Some rituals to  consider:

  • Start dinner with a round of “gratefuls” (“What are you grateful for today?”). 
  • At the end of dinner, thank the cook(s) who prepared it for all the work that went into the meal or for a part you especially enjoyed.  Also, thank whoever set the table or will be doing the dishes.
  • Make it a family practice to sincerely thank anyone who does you a service, such as those who wait on you in restaurants or stores.
  • Teach your children to thank their teachers and school staff like secretaries and custodians who might not get a lot of appreciation. 

Gratitude Prayer
by Saint Richard of Chichester (1198-1253)

Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings which you have given me, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me. Merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.


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