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Gratitude and thankfulness are important all year long!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” (Beattie, 1990)


Thanksgiving time, with its focus on thankfulness and gratitude is a wonderful time of year. Thankfulness is not just for Thanksgiving though. Having a thankful and grateful heart year- round is important to our emotional well-being.


What are some ways you can focus on thankfulness year-round?

  • Even when things are tough, look for the things you can be thankful for in that moment.

  • Write your blessings down! You can keep a journal, you can write them down in your phone, you can post them on Facebook. Just find a way to express them.

  • Share your smile with others! It’s amazing how much sharing a smile helps you and the person you’re sharing it with.

A great article to read learn even more is “The Difference Between Gratitude and Thankfulness What are you thankful for today? Those of us here at Ivy Learning Child Care Resource & Referral are thankful for you, our wonderful early childhood educators! You are the ones out in the trenches everyday providing love, security, and care for our children. We are honored to be here for you and want to encourage you to reach out to us if we can do anything to support you.

May you each have a blessed and wonderful holiday season!

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