On Gratitude

The Happiness Index which was published last year found that only 1 in 3 Americans are “very happy.”  In fact the United States ranked 11th out of 142 countries – so I guess that is good?  Wouldn’t you love to say that in general you are “very happy”?  So let’s do an experiment: for the next week each day somehow express (write it down, tell someone or in a prayer) everything you are grateful for and let’s see if that makes us happier.  I figure it is worth a try.  President David O. McKay taught: “Gratitude is deeper than thanks. Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”  Perhaps as we recognize the many things we have to be grateful for we will be more likely to be happy.  

And speaking of happy people, here’s what Nathan had to say this week:

This was such a great week, we bumped into a family who we started teaching and they were all at church on Sunday. Oh and K… got baptized this week.  She was the girl that we started teaching in my first area and then they moved here.   But I am so sorry, I did not leave. Very much time to email today.  We had a surprise service project come up this morning, we had a district BBQ planned, we found out we have a dinner in 30 min, and
time got away from me.  But I love you all so much!  Have a great week! 

So I am really thankful that Nathan is loving the experience he is having and really thankful that he took a few minutes to let us know.

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One Response to On Gratitude

  1. VerlaBrennan says:

    That is a great challenge! I am happy (and proud) of the service Nathan is doing on his Mission! I am happy for the lives that have been influenced by Nathan!

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