What are you grateful for?

Throughout the year, we get to celebrate, or show how grateful we are, for certain people and things on holidays.

On some holidays, kids get to stay home from school, and parents get the day off work. Those are great days for the whole family to hang out together, celebrating!

On Arbor Day and Earth Day we show our appreciation for the earth and its natural resources. On President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we take time to remember, and show our gratitude for, the great leaders of our country who struggled for our rights and freedoms. On Veteran’s Day we say thanks to the men and women who have fought and died protecting our nation all over the world. On Labor Day we give thanks, and a day of rest to those people who work hard at their jobs all year long. On Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Grandparents Day we show how grateful we are for our loved ones.

As you can see, the list goes on and on. That’s because we all have a lot to be thankful for!  We can be thankful for our health, our families, our friends, and much more.  But you know what? We don’t have to wait for a holiday like Thanksgiving to say we’re grateful. You can show how grateful you are every day!

A great way to show gratitude is by being polite and saying “thank you” and “you’re welcome.”   Being loyal and faithful to your friends and family shows gratitude. Just treating other people, young and old, with respect shows gratitude. Handshakes, hugs and kind words show gratitude, and make other people grateful to you! And you know what’ s the best part? You can spread a little gratitude all year long!

What or who are you grateful for? On a piece of paper make a list of all of the things and/or people you are grateful for.

Information is from the Washington Times NIE and the NIE Institute.

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