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 listClick 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.

 

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