A few years ago when visiting family for Thanksgiving, we decided to put up a Gratitude Tree. Without much fanfare, the kids and their cousins passed around autumn leaves and markers and asked everyone to share what they were grateful for.
Mindful Activities to Grow Your Gratitude Practice
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.
Notice the Good Jar Celebrates Family Kindness
When we notice the good, we’re actively choosing a positive mindset. This is a simple way to grow gratitude — but it takes practice. Start a Notice the Good Jar to regularly notice and celebrate acts of kindness in your family.
Mindfulness to Help Families Manage Coronavirus Anxiety
When my 8-year-old came to me with a worried look and asked if she was going to get the coronavirus, I answered her truthfully: “I don’t know, but if you or anyone else in our family does, we know how to take care of you.”
Show Appreation With a Family Gratitude Sharing Circle
Try this Family Gratitude Sharing Circle activity to encourage your family to express their thanks for one another.
A Mindful Compassion Picnic
Impromptu picnics with my girls are wonderful opportunities to connect, get some fresh air and practice a little mindfulness.
Recently my older daughter and I had an after-school picnic...