Thank You!


“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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12 Responses to Thank You!

  1. Same teachings in my house Mitch.

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  2. Even in times of depression, when your gratitude is difficult to dredge-up, it still helps improve your spirits if you count your “blessings,” no matter how difficult your disorder makes that exercise.

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  3. Jane Tawel says:

    Amen. I Love “Happiness isn’t necessary for gratitude, gratitude is necessary for happiness.” Hard to live by without practice, but I find the more I practice it the more joy I en-joy.

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  4. gregoryjoel says:

    I don’t know much Mitch, but I do know that gratitude is foundational to a happy life. Even when things aren’t going as planned (or wanted),my wife and I are filled with gratitude for the amazing life (and it’s hardships) that God has blessed us with. Gratitude helped me learn the definition of “enough”. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. My husband has noticed that whatever the situation, most of my prayers consist of thanks. A friend has commented that I’m one of the happiest people she knows … coincidence? 😉

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  6. sniderjerry says:

    In Jr. high school I listened to a speaker who had worked at the post office over Christmas. They received hundreds of letters to Santa Claus full over I wants. After Christmas, they got one letter thanking Santa. – Thank you for your great essays. Jerry

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  7. smzang says:

    “It’s a terrible day, thanks be to God.”
    It always makes me smile when I think of the gratitude in those words.

    Your article reminded me of them. Thank you!

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