Danke, grazie, merci, gracias, spasibo, 谢谢, cảm ơn bạn, thank you!
January is National “Thank You” Month.
Growing up, my siblings and I quickly learned that thank you was an essential word in our vocabularies. Of course, mothers are always right. Studies have shown that being thankful improves sleep patterns, mental and physical well-being, relationships and anxiety — not just for the giver, but the recipient, too. Research found that by saying thank you, people felt valued, appreciated and were more likely to provide additional assistance.
From the age of 2, I always encouraged Ryan to say thank you. Today, he may be the most polite person ever, and I think his thankfulness to others has had a positive impact not only on him, but on those who provide him with support.
There are many ways to celebrate National Thank You month. This article suggests many that I myself practice.
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Random acts of kindness
- Write a note of gratitude (teacher, child, parent, spouse, friend)
- Take the time to visit a friend or relative who is confined to their home
As I walked down the hall today, one of our high school students was talking with faculty member Maria Hopkins. I overheard the student say “You’re a gift from God, Maria Hopkins. Thank you Jesus Christ.”
I often ask myself as I drive myself to work what am I thankful for? It’s a great way to start the day off with a positive attitude.
I’d encourage you to post on the blog what makes you thankful this January.
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for our life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.” ~ Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief