Thank You

Happiness

“Please” and “thank you.” Those were the magic words, Mom and Dad said. Corny? Yep. But, you know what, when I taught my kids to say them, they were kind of magical.

“Happiness isn’t necessary for gratitude, gratitude is necessary for happiness. This seems counter-intuitive, but the only way to be consistently happy is to build a happiness baseline focused on gratitude.” ~from How to be Happy

“Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ making yourself at home!”

~Psalm 100:4

Mom and Dad were right.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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15 Responses to Thank You

  1. Anne J. says:

    They are important magic words. We still teach our kids these words. I found people, as a general rule, have become rude, disrespectful and entitled. Manners, it seems, have become exception to the rule. Sad. I miss the old days.

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  2. Very true…I’ve been thinking about this A LOT lately! Gratitude changes everything because it changes your mind as you walk through circumstances. That is something we practice in our home. We have a ritual of saying at least 3 things we are thankful for before we go to bed…when the kids start complaining, I say ok…now start thinking about what you’re thankful for and share with us what they are. I do the same thing…sometimes I have to take a few deep breaths and meditate on what I am thankful for.

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  3. KinjalParekh says:

    Thankyou, Mitch! 💕👑

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  4. Yes, they were… about that and so many other things too. So ‘grateful!’ 👍🏻😊

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  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    There’s even research that backs up the power of gratitude in our lives, making us healthier physically and psychologically. For starters, thankfulness reduces stress and contributes to better sleep. I love it when secular science backs up what the Bible has taught us all along: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It’s God’s will, not because he needs our appreciation. He knows WE benefit from gratitude.

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  6. gpavants says:

    There is power in words. That’s how the Lord made it all.

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  7. Brooke Reed says:

    Very true. I’ve never heard/read it put that way before 🙂

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