Living a Grateful Life

Dear Friends, The National Day of Thanks has come and gone for this year, and while we were not able to celebrate it as we have done in past years, I hope you were able to thank people who have made a difference in your community and your life.  You will have noticed over the last number of years that we have been emphasising gratitude and livin...
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Thankful People are Happy People

Dear Friends, Last Thursday I was taking some parcels to the Post Office. As I walked across the park opposite the Post Office, I noticed a bunch of flowers which had been placed on a park bench.  My first thought was that someone had accidentally left them behind.  I stopped and walked around to take a closer look.  There was a note stapled to ...
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So Many People to Thank

Dear Friends, During the past 15 or so years my wife and I have been involved with National Day of Thanks and we have seen a lot of changes during that time. We have had a few website changes over the years. Towards the end of last year, we turned a corner and National Day of Thanks became Thanks.org.au. Most of our product sales in past years c...
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Being Thankful in Difficult Times

Dear Friends, As we all travel through these difficult times there are so many people to thank, and we may think “how can I say Thank You when I am required to stay indoors?” Well, there are many ways to say Thanks. You could make good use of technology and send an “electronic” message. Or you could take a little time and write a thankyou letter...
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Teaching Our Kids to Give Thanks in Everything

Dear Friends, Annette Spurr, who is our Media person and also manages our Facebook, sent me a great article that she had written.  Annette is a working mum with 2 boys in Primary School.  What she has written is very relevant and I would like to share it with you as an encouragement and strength as we all negotiate these difficult times.  Thanks...
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Being Thankful in All Circumstances

Dear Friends, When we released the Focus for 2020, we had just come through the horrific wildfires of December and early January which was preceded by the ongoing serious drought in our country regions.  Now just two months later, we find ourselves in the midst of another very serious crisis, COVID-19, which requires us to seriously consider eve...
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Guess What?

Dear Friends, In a previous email I spoke about our School Gratitude Program, and one of the responses we received was an email from Noel who lives in Innisfail far North Queensland.  This is a story which demonstrates that what we say and how we treat other people can change their lives, and we may never know how many people we have helped. Noe...
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Finding Thankfulness Amidst the Wildfires – Bonny’s Story

Dear Friends, With the arrival of much needed rain and recovery efforts getting under way, stories are surfacing about people who survived the devastation of the Christmas/New Year fires.  In times like these you would think it difficult to find things to be thankful for, and yet some wonderful stories are emerging. Stories that give us encourag...
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Welcome to the New Decade

At the start of last year, I asked our readers “What is changing in your life this year?” Change is one of those constant factors we can always be sure of. As the decade changes and 2020 rolls out, we move into a new era that will require us to grow in thankfulness and gratitude if we are to survive and flourish. We see the disasters of fire and...
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