To me, November represents the perfect month to focus on gratitude, and I hope these 10 ways to practice gratitude will inspire you.
Because, let’s face it, sometimes in the craziness of the day… kissing boo boos, wiping noses, calming fussies, correcting tantrums, sitting in school carpool, cleaning up spills, washing the 10th load of laundry for the day, helping with homework, playing referee to kid squabbles, etc., etc., etc…it’s easy to lose perspective.
So, fellow mommies – want to take a minute with me to think about what we’re most grateful for? (Currently, I am grateful for a quiet moment to write and a hot cup of my favorite coffee. It’s the little things.)
I’ve actually written several blogs on the topic of gratitude…and have also found some amazing new ideas to share. Here’s my gratitude round-up for today!
Raising Grateful Kids
This blog talks about easy ways to share gratitude with our kids – and teach them about expressing their thanks.
Jen wrote this blog awhile back on how to help your kids hold a charity sale – and the importance of teaching your kids to give back. Loved this post.
Here’s another Tiny Orange’s post that talks about six easy service projects that you can do with your kids – teaching them about the importance of serving others, giving back, and thinking about something bigger than themselves.
Share your grateful heart and pay it forward! I found some wonderful ideas onthis blogger’s “light ’em up” campaign to spread joy and kindness to family, friends, neighbors and strangers. Check it out for some great ideas…or sit down with your family and make your own list!
I am obsessed with this idea I found on Pinterest via Slow Family Online, and will be doing this for 2015! It’s called a Gratitude Jar.
Starting on January 1st, each time something great/wonderful/blessed/happy/victorious happens, you (or your fellow family member) writes it down (with the date) on a little piece of paper, and places it in your designated “Gratitude Jar.”
Your whole family can watch the jar slowly fill to the brim all year…and on December 31st, you take out all of your happy thoughts, blessings, and grateful notes, and read them together as a family. Love this.
How cute is this?! Our fellow Tiny Oranger, Suzanne, found this great idea on Simple As That – little (& FREE) inspirational quote cards, beautifully designed, and sure to perk you up and help remind you what you are most thankful for. Visit Simple As That for darling free printables like this….
Choosing to be Grateful
Gratitude is a choice. Here are some great ways to have (and keep!) a grateful heart:
8. Start a gratitude journal.
Write down five things (everyday) that you are grateful for and why. The why is important – it will help you focus your thoughts. Your older kids can participate, too! Have them keep their own journal. Buy one, make one, keep one electronically…whatever works best for you. I like to write in mine after the kids are down and the house is quiet.
9. Keep a photo gratitude log.
I found this on Pinetrest and love the idea! Each day, you take pictures of different things/people/places you are grateful for. Check out an example of a gratitude photo list on Positively Present.
10. Use gratitude word prompts.
And…let’s keep it real, mamas. Some days (you know what days I’m talking about…), we all need a little extra reminder, right?? I found this list called, “I am grateful for…” on Fizzle Out. These simple word prompts are great little reminders about what we can choose to be grateful for. There are hundreds of gratitude prompt lists out there…just type in “gratitude prompt list” in your Pinterest or Google search and find one that you like.
What are you most grateful for? How do you express your gratitude? Teach your kids about it? Any ideas you can share with us? If so, please comment below!