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Thanks a Million

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Celebs start chains of gratitude in short feel-good stories.

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Grand monetary gesture aside, this series illustrates the extreme psychological value of expressing gratitude. Recipients have no idea what's in store for them when they're approached by their respective benefactors (they think they're part of a documentary about Good Samaritans, in fact), and their emotional reactions to the kind words that are spoken to them almost make the financial gift that follows seem superfluous. The show does a good job capturing the authenticity of expressing and receiving genuine gratitude.

Not surprisingly, though, the money makes these moments all the better, and it's truly satisfying to see gifts that will make a tangible difference in people's lives go to deserving individuals. For the most part, the recipients are common folks who talk about average goals like buying a house and sending their kids to college, and it's easy to imagine that sums of $50,000 or $25,000 will play a role in their ability to do that. Thanks a Million reminds us that genuine gratitude never goes out of style and that turning someone else's gift to you into kindness to another person is an exceptional way to honor that act.

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