Nurturing True Gratefulness: A Guest Post

November… already? Well, this is a great time to take stock, count our blessings, and pass along a grateful attitude to our loved ones. One of my very favorite bloggers over at Muddy Buddies: Making the Most in the Messy has some tips for modeling and encouraging gratitude in our kids. Start here, then hop on over to her blog for more thoughts AND cute pictures!

Take it away, Heidi Johnson!

Nurturing True Gratefulness

First appeared on the Muddy Buddies blog on

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How do we encourage genuine gratitude in the hearts of our children?

What is True Gratefulness?

To start, let us look more closely this phrase, True Gratefulness, and analyze the internal process that results in this desirable heart posture.

1. True Gratefulness is deep.  It is more than just a “thank you” and appreciation for gifts and circumstances.  It is not a polite custom; a means to award yourself a badge each November; nor is it something to check off the to-do list so we can move on to black Friday shopping.  It is not a mere outward expression.

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2. True Gratefulness is a response to the giver rather than the gift and requires a humble heart.  Just as love is a verb directed toward someone, gratitude is meant to be poured out toward the giver as we acknowledge that the giver did not owe us. ….. Click here to keep reading


I hope you’ll visit and enjoy Muddy Buddies as much as I do. There’s always someone cooking there — or laughing, or discovering, or making a mess!

Thanks for reading,


About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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