The following was in my email a few days ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since.
Gratitude eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression, and brings happiness, kindness,
compassion, understanding, and peace of mind.
If gratitude was a mandatory subject in schools we would see a generation of children advance
our civilization and bring peace to the world.
I started daydreaming about a world where school teachers started each morning with their classes by having them write in an ongoing journal entitled "Gratitude."
The assignment each morning would be to state two things for which they are grateful, and explain why. Then maybe follow it with writing the answer to "What's the best thing that happened yesterday?"
The children who are too young to write yet could just tell the class - or perhaps draw a picture of something they're grateful for.
I know - daydreams. But what if parents started doing that with their children? What if instead of grumbling and complaining we shared positive thoughts with our kids every day. What if dinner table discussions (assuming that some people still do have those) were about what went right today?
As for those of us whose kids have grown up and flown the coop - what if we made it a point to tell them good things every time we talked with them?
And what if we just looked for good things to discuss with each other?
I don't know if it would lead to world peace, but I'd be willing to bet that it would lead to happier, healthier families and more pleasant work places. I'd also bet that it would lead to more productivitiy and creativity.
What do you think?
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