I recently picked up a free magazine that I always see but never read. I picked it up because on the bright red cover, in big white letters says, 30 Days of Gratitude: Teaching Kids the Art of Thankfulness. The article, by Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD is fantastic, and worth the read, but here are some of her quick points, that I've altered to make my own. Some I've stolen completely, so please give all credit to the article's author (see the end of the post for publication and author information). At the bottom of this post, you will see my gratitude challenge, and find out how to participate. The winner receives a Domestic Goddess candle and gift package full of fun stuff.
Luedtke's article reminds us to be thankful for the little things, like family dinners (something that I am always thankful for), to remember to thank people for those little things, like taking out the garbage, or going to the store. It reminds us to go on a date with our significant other, and when the date is over, remember to tell them what a good time we had. Commit random acts of kindness, leave a sticky note on a public bathroom's mirror that says, "You're special." It talks about the importance of taking the time to write thank you notes, my very favorite thing to do, stamp them, and to mail them. It suggests setting a daily alarm, and when the alarm goes off each day, to think of one thing to be thankful for. All really good ideas.
Now, for the challenge. Tell me why or what you are thankful for. Don't write it here, or on facebook. Mail it to me. You can send it on a postcard or write it in a letter. I will review them all, post the ones that are most poignant, and announce a winner on November 21st. All entries must be received by November 17th. Mail them to The Domestic Goddess Files, PO Box 243, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046. The winner will be announced on the Domestic Goddess facebook page, and contacted by mail.
Thank you for reading, and participating, in my gratitude challenge.
30 Days of Gratitude by Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD was featured in the November 2011 issue of Family Magazine. Her blog is at heidiluedtke.com/blog.