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Your Thankfulness Rubs Off on Others

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 20, 2017

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “Your Thoughtfulness Rubs Off on Others” by Linda Martin Andersen




Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2017.

I saw four turkeys in my backyard last week.  Oops, it’s turkey season.  I hope no hunters are reading this.  Turkeys, Thanksgiving, and giving thanks go together, but I’d like to encourage you to think of thankfulness all year long.  I’m convinced your thankfulness rubs off on others. 

What does the expression “rubs off on others” mean? Check here for clarification:  http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/rub-off

An example:  A bad mood can rub off on you, but so can a good one, especially when the person shares their thankfulness.

Recently, I spoke to an employee at the gym I attend.  When I asked her how she was doing she said, “I am thankful.” When I asked her to say more, she said she was thankful for every day.  Just hearing her thankfulness made me feel a little more joyful.  In other words, her thankfulness was rubbing off on me.  The next thing I know I was writing a blog post about thankfulness.

Another place I’ve observed thankfulness was on Facebook.  Yes, Facebook.   Someone who was sick posted pictures and updates about kind deeds received.  Two examples:  There was photo of a meal brought to the home and words of thanks.  There were also post updates giving thanks for errands run, a chore completed anonymously, and other acts of kindnesses.  These posts and photos could be seen by friends other than the person responsible.  Posting such thoughts on social media could cause thankfulness to rub off on even more people.  That’s pretty amazing!  I wonder if Facebook predicted this positive influence?   It’s another version of a thank you note and it’s one that many can read and comment on.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of thankfulness.  If you’re a parent with children at home, I hope you’ll use this post as a springboard for family discussions.  If you’re an educator, brainstorm writing prompts or teach lessons on friendship and courtesy.

Here are a few sample writing prompts:

  1.  Name a time when someone’s actions or attitude rubbed off on you.
  2.  What examples of thankfulness have you seen today or within the last week?
  3.  Name a special way you show your thankfulness.  Give a specific example of when you’ve done this.

I look forward to your comments!

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14 Responses to “Your Thankfulness Rubs Off on Others”

  1. Jinnette Johnson Hathaway said

    Wonderful & inspirational writing!

  2. This is a great reminder. Someone working at the grocery store asked how I was doing today. How much better to say, “I’m thankful!”

  3. Lorene McBryde said

    What a true statement! We can’t fix everything, but we CAN be nice, positive and thankful! We are, after all , so blessed!

  4. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing about thankfulness. It’s amazing that what we thank God and others for, we receive more of. It just keeps going and coming. Sort of like, what goes around, comes around. When I’m feeling down, if I start to name all the things I am thankful for, my mood changes to a better mood.

    Celebrate you and the good vibes you share with others.
    Never Give Up

  5. Kathleen said

    Linda, a wonderful post. I remember being at drive thru at Dunkin Donuts and when I got to the window, the car ahead had paid my bill. I did sleep he same for the car behind me. Changed my mood for rest of day 😊

  6. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful all the time. It’s not always easy to do. Glad your gym friend inspired this great post, Linda. Hugs ❤

    • Tracy, it’s always great to hear from you. Being thankful isn’t always easy to do. If we get in the habit of saying and showing it, it will become easier! I’m thankful for you, dear friend!

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  8. Many thanks to you, Linda. You always have a positive spin on things. Thanks for being my friend, and for being a positive role model to me. I have so many friends who have shared their lives with me, and I’m thankful to God for each of them.

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