Blogger Gretchen Schulz

The Quality of Being Thankful

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The Quality of Being Thankful


It’s the week of Thanksgiving as I sit here to write my blog post. I am thinking of the million and one things I have to do before and on Thursday as the hostess of the yearly holiday for my family. I am busy, but I am grateful. My library’s Marketing Director shared with staff on our intranet, an article titled In Praise of Gratitude, published by Harvard Health Publishing (2019). It discusses beneficial research done on gratitude from a psychological stand point. It also lists ways people can cultivate gratitude in an effort to get outside themselves.

From the article, I particularly enjoyed this sentiment:

“With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”


Coffee, tulips, and a chocolate bar on top of a journal with "Dream" written on the page.
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How to Cultivate Gratitude

I encourage you all to take a minute to look through the article and consider incorporating some of the ways it suggests to cultivate gratitude (write thank-you notes, meditate, gratitude journals) into your self-care routine. We get so busy in our lives, and in our work as children’s librarians. I think sometimes we forget to live in gratitude.  It is important to acknowledge how each person we encounter, each experience we have in a program, leads to a successful program, a job well done, or an opportunity to learn.

As much as I can get wrapped up in thinking the world revolves around me, it doesn’t! I am so much happier and at peace when at the end of the day, I cultivate gratitude. I do this by sending a text to a friend with a list of things I am grateful for. My lists include things like: a roof over my head, indoor plumbing, the color purple, fresh air, hot tea, books, a child’s laughter, and so on.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I am grateful for all you do.



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