Gratitude means appreciating what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t have. It may sound simple, but cultivating gratitude takes intention and practice. Here are a few of our favorites ways you and your family can grow your gratitude practice together.
When we notice the good, we’re actively choosing a positive mindset. This is a simple way to grow gratitude — but it takes practice.
Linking the feeling of peace with a parent, teacher or friend helps reinforce for kids that they’re not alone when they need help regulating.
In this game, the idea is to inspire young children to think of the small things in their lives they’re grateful for.
Gratitude is simply perspective. When we’re mindfully aware of the most ordinary details of our lives, like our knuckles, we don’t have to search far to feel gratitude.
By acknowledging our challenges, then recognizing what is good in our lives, we can develop a habit of gratitude alongside difficult circumstances and feelings.
Try this Family Gratitude Sharing Circle activity to encourage your family to express their thanks for one another.
The Science Behind the Smiles
Recent research shows there are several benefits to consistently expressing gratitude, including increased happiness, stronger relationships and decreased stress and anxiety. Read on to learn more about why a practice of gratitude is good for you:
Giving Thanks Can Make you Happier (Harvard Medical School)
14 Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science (PositivePsychology.com)
The Science of Gratitude (Greater Good Science Center)