“Americans are very grateful and they think gratitude is important—they’re just not very good at expressing it.”
-Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas and Jeremy Adam Smith
What to Consider
- If those who work and live with you were asked, how often would they say you expressed gratitude to those around you?
- What evokes the strongest feelings of gratitude in you life? Job? Family? Friends? Technology? Possessions? Experiences?
- How do you express gratitude to those around you? Do you show gratitude differently in different relationships?
- What do you think contributes to the survey results that show “being religious was associated with greater feelings of gratitude?”
How to Go Deeper
- Provide time in a service for stories of thanksgiving. You might ask some people to come prepared to share a story or ask for impromptu stories.
- Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-25, and tell how 95% of respondents believe it is important for parents to teach their children to be grateful. Encourage parents to recount their stories of gratitude with their children. Share these seven ideas on fostering gratitude in kids as additional ways to teach children about gratitude throughout the week.
- This study found that despite most people believing that they themselves are more grateful than they were 10 years ago, a majority of people think others are less grateful. Read Matthew 7:1-5 and talk about how focusing on the “speck” in others’ eyes prevents us from seeing the “log” in our own eyes. Offer some ideas to help parishioners step outside themselves and walk in another person’s shoes.
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