Mindset Habits For You & Your Family: Gratitude – Give Thanks.
Do you give thanks? Do you have a habit of gratitude in your life?
In this episode, we’re sharing ideas about how to make gratitude a part of your family’s life throughout the year. Video & podcast episode below.
Video & Podcast Episode Below
Ideas For You and Your Family To Cultivate Gratitude and Give Thanks All Year Long
In America, we tend to focus on gratitude throughout the holiday season, but having a grateful heart throughout the year is important.
Create & Listen To An Audio Recording
- Make an audio or video recording of what you are grateful for.
- You could do this as a family or by yourself.
- Listen to your recording daily. Once a month or so, create a new recording.
Write Down Three Feelings You Want To Create Each Day
- Everyday, write down three feelings that you want to generate.
- Occasionally, or daily, make one of those three feelings gratitude.
Talk About What You Are Grateful For Over Mealtimes
- At one meal each day, take turns with other family members to talk about something that you are grateful.
Create A Habit Of Gratitude
- Create a habit of gratitude.
- Choose a time that you focus on gratitude each day.
- You can create a habit of gratitude by combining your new habit with other things that you already do. This is called habit stacking.
- You could focus on gratitude around a mealtime, when you take a walk, or even while you brush your teeth.
- The key here is to make gratitude an everyday habit.
Write Down Three Things That You Are Grateful For Each Day
- Write down three things that you are grateful for every morning and/or every evening.
Keep It Simple
The key to creating a habit of gratitude is to keep it simple. You could spend lots of time writing paragraphs about all that you are grateful for, or you can keep it simple by just jotting down a few words or sentences. The point is to become mindful of all that you are grateful for. Clearly, you’ll want to help instill this habit in your children too.
Gratitude: Give Thanks
Seasonal Craft Ideas For The Family
- Make seasonal paper cutouts. In the winter, you could make snowflakes or snowmen, for valentines cutout hearts, in the fall cutout leaves.
- Write down what you are grateful for on the paper cutouts.
- Create a wreath, ornaments, or a collage with your cutouts.
- You could also simplify this by writing on strips of paper and making paper chains.
- Display your family’s gratitude project.
The display will become a visual reminder to incorporate gratitude into your family’s life.
Share Your Family’s Craft Project
Share how you’re teaching your children about gratitude. We would love to see your family’s craft projects!
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Resources Mentioned In This Episode
- Atomic Habits by James Clear. Habit stacking and other strategies to intentionally create habits are outlined in this outstanding book.
p.s. Jackie here…
After recording the video above about gratitude, I continued to think about the concept of gratitude and noticed more things that I was grateful about.
While on a walk with my kids, I had the thought that I am so grateful that we live in a beautiful area.
So, I pulled my phone out and recorded the moment.
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Gratitude – Give Thanks
A short and sweet video: just over a minute.