I sat among my middle school youth group students and listened to them say what they were thankful for.
"My mom's cooking, because it is so good."
"Getting an A on my math test."
"Having dinner with my dad and learning from him."
"How hard my parents work so that I can enjoy so much."
My heart was melting as they remembered their moments. Just like that, the mood in the room switched and joy was spreading around. Joy was spreading as they eagerly volunteered to make gratitude bracelets to sell with the intention to donate the money to a women's shelter. More melting. That's what gratitude does - it is contagious and spreads and reminds people that being "happy" or a joyful person is a choice. And last night I sat back like a proud parent, as gratitude and joy spread around the room and each student's eyes opened wide when they realized they have the power to be happy. It's their choice.
I will posting more on my 1,000 gifts next week!
P.S. What are you thankful for today? I am still reading 1,000 Gifts and realizing that the smallest thing, such as a gentle breeze, can be a gift - if you let it! Such a good book!