Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 1: Gratitude

Wisdom of MerlinReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

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To read about the other Magical Words, please visit these posts:

Second Magical Word: Courage

Third Magical Word: Knowledge

Fourth Magical Word: Wonder

Fifth Magical Word: Belief

Sixth Magical Word: Generosity

Seventh Magical Word: Hope

The Most Magical Word of All: Love

First Magical Word:


Excerpt from The Wisdom of Merlin:

Being fully scheduled is not the same as being fully alive…To be wholly alive is to be grateful—for every breath we take, every song we sing, every person we love, every day we discover.”

Quotes on Gratitude:

 “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” Stephen Richards

* Fun Fact from Greater Good Science Center:

Scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:

  • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure

  • Higher levels of positive emotions

  • More joy, optimism, and happiness

  • Acting with more generosity and compassion

  • Feeling less lonely and isolated.

(*All text in purple above is directly borrowed (word-for-word) from the Greater Good Science Center: .)

Activate, Engage, or Practice:

  • For the next week, start or end the day by acknowledging one thing, person, or event that you are grateful for.

  • Keep a gratitude jar or calendar by writing down some of the major events or things you are grateful for throughout the year.

  • Show gratitude towards others by complimenting or thanking them for their work, friendship, sense of style, etc.

Dawn Teresa’s Thoughts on Gratitude:

This feels like the perfect time to revisit a favorite post of mine from the past on the subject of being grateful. Inspiration can come from anywhere. It may even surprise you. On this particular day, a piece of chocolate motivated me to give thanks. Click on the following link to read more:  Gratitude Begets Gratitude: Count Your Book Blessings

Before wrapping up, I’d like to thank T.A. Barron and Chelsey Saatkamp for inviting me to take part in this 7-week series. I am confident that it will be a rewarding journey!

Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please share in the comments below!


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