Faye Snodgress is the executive director of KDP International.
World Gratitude Days is September 21. The day was created by a group within the United Nations so that people could find ways to express their appreciation for all the good things that groups and individuals do to make life better for others. Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being and brings inner peace and joy. We are called upon to pause and to think about those who have been an inspiration to us and who we value in our lives and to thank them.
Most of us recognize that by counting our blessings and being grateful for them not only makes us happier but also positively impacts those to whom we show our gratitude. It now appears that some psychologists have arrived at the same conclusion. Dr. Robert Emmons, a leading scholar in the scientific study of gratitude and professor at the University of California stated, “ …while the emotion seemed simplistic even to me as I began my research, I soon discovered that gratitude is a deeper, more complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in human happiness. Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives.”
Personally, I am very grateful for those special teachers who changed my life and for my role at KDP Headquarters that enables me to serve important and special educators who play a critical role in our society and influence our country’s greatest resources—its children. So, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to you—each and every member of the KDP community. Today and every day, my thanks go to you!
The moment is now. It is a time for all of us to show our gratitude for educators and leaders who have influenced our lives. Who can you thank today for the positive impact they have had yon your life? Who do you appreciate? How do you plan to show your gratitude?