As children, please and thank you are two of the first “social graces” we are taught. As we get older they become automatic and may no longer have much meaning. Thank you is a way of expressing gratitude. How do we make that a more deliberate and conscious part of our lives. “The attitude of gratitude” is being heard more and more these days and the research seems to indicate that such an attitude is good for everything – your health, your happiness, your waistline, the planet! What if throughout the holidays we consciously looked to identify one thing we are truly thankful for each day and then thank the responsible party for the gift. The responsible party could be a person, God, a company, whatever. Be creative in how you offer your thanks. Be playful, happy, and joyous! Enjoy that aspect of the holidays!