Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation. It is the practice of expressing thanks in our lives, even in times of challenge and change. Gratitude doesn’t just feel good; making a habit of gratitude can also be good for us. Like other positive emotions, feeling grateful regularly can have a big effect on our lives. Brain research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds, and brains. Read more
As a family, please take five minutes to express their gratitude. Below are some steps to help you and your family share what you are grateful for.
Step #1: Set aside a time in your day with no (or little) distractions.
Step #2: Talk about it.
- Let your child know why you are grateful for them. Name specific qualities and behaviors you appreciate about them.
- Talk about the other things you are grateful for (i.e., the food on your table, family, and friends).
- Let your child talk about what they are thankful for.
Step #3: Write it down.
- Take a piece of paper or a journal and write the numbers 1, 2, and 3 down on the left side of the page. We are creating a list. Click here for an example.
- As a family, write down the three things you are most grateful for.
Step #4: Reflect.
- Look at what you wrote five days later. What are you grateful for today?
For more tips on how to practice gratitude, please visit Very Well Mind.