This November let’s transform the world with our own gratitude. Can gratitude change your life? Take the challenge suggested in One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are and start your own list of one thousand gifts. Some books change lives. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is a life changing book. A thankful attitude is contagious and attractive. Beginning with ourselves and our families, let’s create a more thankful world. Please share any books and/or quotes that you would recommend for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

Picture books available at the library to help develop an attitude of gratitude in children:
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson (Tilbury House Publishers)
The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan by Aaron Shepard (Atheneum)
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton (Grosset & Dunlap)
I’m Thankful Each Day by P. K. Hallinan (Ideals Childrens Books)
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! by Margaret Sutherland (Grosset & Dunlap)
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale by Arthur Ransome (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Little Engine That Could Saves the Thanksgiving Day Parade by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap)
The Secret Room by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Water of Life: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm by Barbara Rogasky (Holiday House)

Chapter book available at the library to help develop an attitude of gratitude in young readers:
Benjamin Franklin’s Wise Words: How to Work Smart, Play Well, and Make Real Friends by K. M. Kostyal and Benjamin Franklin (National Geographic Children’s Books)

Thanksgiving quotes to ponder and put into practice:
People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective. ~Goeffrey James

But saying thank you and being thankful are two very different things. The former is part of being mannerly, the latter – well, it’s the secret to a life of happiness and success. ~Deborah Norville

Those who are successful are aware that being grateful is an element of success. They know how to look back to where they came from and they appreciate every little thing they have. ~Jason Williams

“…gratitude enables him to see with the eyes of wonder.” ~Joseph Pearce

The first step toward prosperity in all its forms is to be grateful for what we currently possess, and we can’t complain about what we have and be grateful at the same time.” ~Will Bowen

“…the thing about gratitude and anger: they can’t coexist. It’s one or the other. One drains the very life from you. The other fills your life with wonder. Choose wisely. ~Brant Hansen

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child. ~William Shakespeare

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. ~Sarah Ban Breathnack

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~Charles Dickens

Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.” ~Catherine Pulsifer

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton

If your parents are still alive, go back and thank them. Thank them while you still can. You will make them deeply happy, and this expression of gratitude will change the way you deal with your own children. ~Jim Stenson

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~John F. Kennedy

The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing. ~Dan Buettner

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. ~W. Clement Stone

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie

If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes. ~Catherine Pulsifer

Practicing gratitude is a very powerful tool to shift your attention on the things you don’t have to the things you do have and this alone will make you feel better. ~Noelia Aanulds

Before you sleep, ruminate on things that you can give thanks for, and end your day on a positive note in order to sleep happy and wake up happy. ~Ryan Help

This week, try turning a worried thought into one of gratitude by whispering prayers of thanksgiving each time an anxious thought comes into your mind. ~Sarah Young

Thanksgiving is the expression of an attitude, or a philosophy of life. The thankful person is a person who looks at life from a unique perspective, and, therefore, sees what the ungrateful do not see. ~Steve Pease

Because we cannot see just what God is saving us from, we vent our foolish reproaches; if we could see this, we would often kneel down and thank God for certain trials as the richest of His mercies.” ~Author Unknown

Count your blessings, one by one!!! Gratitude journaling is one of the best ways to train your mind to look for appreciation in your life and feel joy in those thankful moments. ~Sandra Bell

The challenge of life is to find a reason to be thankful in what seems on the surface to be a reason to complain.” ~Steve Pease

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ~Ralph H. Blum