Eight Ways to Practice Gratitude
The Thanksgiving season reminds us to count our blessings, and research shows that grateful people tend to be happier and more satisfied with their lives. Make gratitude a habit all year; not only will you feel more positive, you’ll set a great example for your kids.
T – Take time to be with family, not just during the holidays. Connect with long-distance family and friends all year.
H – Help others in need, whether it’s donating items to charity, volunteering in your community, or just helping a neighbor out. You’ll be surprised at how good it feels to pay it forward.
A – Encourage your kids to express themselves through art. Ask them to think of things they’re thankful for, and to write, paint, draw, collage or sing about it.
N – Take time to appreciate nature. Take a walk in the neighborhood, plan a family hike in a park, or just play in the back yard with your kids. Being outdoors will lower stress and improve your outlook.
K – Practice random acts of kindness. Help your kids bake cookies or draw a card for a neighbor, give an unexpected compliment, or write a note to your mail carrier.
F – Spend time with friends. In spite of our busy schedules, it’s important to stay in touch. Plan a girls’ night out, have coffee with a friend, or chat while your kids play on the playground.
U – Take a break from constant distractions and unplug. Meditate, read a book, call a friend or ignore social media for a few hours. Give your brain a break and reflect on the positives in your life.
L – Make a list of 10 things you love about your kids, and share the list with them. Be affectionate and demonstrate your love – you’ll feel more connected and improve their self-confidence.