"We are living a public life on a global stage, the ones who can express themselves best, will be heard." -Laura Hill, Author The Great Story World Mix-Up, co-creator #whatisschool

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Join Us For A Thanksgiving Slow Chat November 24

Let's Give Thanks

Join @candylandcaper and @mrkempnz as #whatisschool gives thanks in a slow chat all Thanksgiving day Thursday, November 24.

Thanks is defined by the Mirriam Webster Dictionary
as a good feeling that you have towards someone who has helped you, or given something to you.  And at this time of year when our thoughts and reflections turn towards forgiveness, thankfulness and hope those grateful feelings and thoughts of gratitude can spill out and fill us with a desire to express ourselves.  

One of my favorite expressions of gratitude came from a seven year old girl named Amy who, inspired by Roald Dahl's book BFG, sent a special note of thanks to the author along with the gift of a bottle of colored water, oil and glitter.  Dahl knew exactly what it was and sent this note in reply.

Dear Amy,

I must write a special letter and thank you for the dream in the bottle.  You are the first person in the world who has sent me one of these and it intrigued me very much.  I also liked the dream.  Tonight I shall go down to the village and blow it through the bedroom window of some sleeping child and see if it works.

With love from,
Roald Dahl

Can you image her surprise and his at this tiny gesture of giving thanks that brought so much delight to both a small child and great man.  

Giving thanks is often overlooked but even a small gesture can increase your well being and that of those around you.  Here are some reasons to show you are grateful.

1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.  

2. Gratitude improves physical health.

3. Gratitude improves psychological health. 

4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. 

5. Grateful people sleep better.

6. Gratitude improves self-esteem.

7. Gratitude increases mental strength.

Personally, I prescribe to the theory that teaches you should say thank you with every step you take. Often as I walk in the woods or the shore by my home, places where I reflect and often dictate manuscripts as I go, I find myself saying this to the rhythm of my steps: 

thank you, 
thank you, 
thank you.

My stress melts away. I turn off the voice in my head and become mindful of the world around me as I give thanks for being part of it.

To celebrate all we have to be thankful for and all those who have given us a hand, a smile and inspiration or more me @candylandcaper and @mrkempnz will be slow chatting #whatisschool all day Thursday, November 24, as we spend Thanksgiving with our families. Please join us and retweet to all your followers.  Let's give thanks in a big way by adding as many voices as possible.  Especially now, during times when many people face great uncertainty, persecution, war and are filled with doubt, let's show the world the power and positivity we have by giving thanks in a collective voice.

 #WhatIsSchool wants to say Thanks to you! 

Craig and I are so grateful to you for making #whatisschool an amazing place to learn so for Thanksgiving we want to know what you are grateful for!  Join us on November 24 as we slow chat all day.  Spread the word out to as many people as possible, let’s send a global message of hope and gratitude! 

Here are the questions, answer all or any anytime tomorrow!

1.  What are you most grateful for?
2. If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
3. What’s your favorite way to say thank you?
4. Who are you grateful for, who has touched your life and made it better?
5. How can we give thanks all year round all year?
6. Shout out a big THANK YOU to all the people who make your life great!

Remember to use the hostage #whatisschool in your response

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Happy Thanksgiving,
Laura & Craig