December 27th, 2011

Gift of Thanks Giveaway

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Marian Wright Edelman once said, “I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.”

I feel the same way. I get to wake up each day and do what I truly love to do. In my new book, POISED FOR SUCCESS, I devote an entire chapter (chapter 18) on Gratitude, Grace, and Acts of Kindness.

In this chapter I write, “My mother believed that being grateful is the secret to a successful life and career. She taught me that you must first find something you feel grateful for and then let yourself really feel it. Maybe you feel grateful that you have a wonderful job, that you work with people whom you like and admire, that you and your children are healthy and safe, or that you have a terrific marriage or partnership. Maybe you’re grateful for the support you receive from a close friend or colleague. Maybe you’re grateful that you have heat or air-conditioning in your home, a comfortable bed, and a pantry of food.”

What are you most grateful for in 2011? Let me know by leaving a comment below and you could win a copy of THE GIFT OF THANKS: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) by Margaret Visser. In this beautifully-written book, valued at $27.00, Visser shows readers how saying “thank you” — in a word or deed — improves us and links us to what is most noble in human nature.

Hurry! The contest ends at 6pm Eastern time on Saturday, December 31, 2011. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail.

Bonus: You can double your chances of winning this book by tweeting: I entered @etiquetteexpert’s giveaway to win a copy of The Gift of Thanks:

Congratulations to Jenn Cooper for winning THE GIFT OF THANKS! Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!

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3 Responses to “Gift of Thanks Giveaway”

  1. Jenn on December 28th, 2011 2:47 am

    I am very thankful that I am able to still get my college education while still working a full-time and part-time jobs. It takes a lot hard work and dedication to get a good education with good grades. I am very thankful for all of my professor at the college who take the time to help those students that really want to learn and do their best in college. Thank you.

  2. Christie Mendoza on December 28th, 2011 10:40 am

    I am very thankful for family and getting more time with mom!

  3. Shery Scott on December 29th, 2011 6:11 pm

    Hi Jacqueline,

    I’m most grateful for the gift of my education. I just finished the second semester of a dual masters program in counseling psychology and forensic psychology…so I can do what I believe God intended for me to do: help others to heal. Oh, and I still have a 4.0 average.

    Best regards!

    Shery Scott

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