With Thanksgiving now behind us for another year, I can’t help but imagine what a life of daily giving thanks would be like. Our world is currently immersed in meditation. And America is being rewarded by the results with calm, kind people in control of their actions and far less stressed. So how do you think your family would change if you began a daily ritual of GRATITUDE? Pick a way to start this tradition in your life today while being thankful is still fresh in your family’s minds. Make it a family affair that is shared at the dinner table or keep it between you and each little one as the last thing said before lights out. You could gift each child with a journal to write down their gratitudes of the day. Actually writing will add more energy to their thankfulness.
It has been scientifically proven that gratitude will increase your child’s self-esteem and keep them self-centered. Every life path has its individual challenges and if they are not met they will result in creating anxiety and stress for your little tyke. Yes, stress in children is more common than you think. Your child may be hiding their depression, worry and loneliness because they have no physical pain. You need to be aware of the signs or stress will lead to disease. Creating a thankful family will curb this anxiety and stress and the reward is a happy, healthy family.
How about you as the parent? Just wait to be humbled or blessed when your child’s gratitude of the day is targeted at you. Especially if you thought your gesture or statement had gone un-noticed. Gratitude transforms many lives in many ways.
Do you remember this sentence in Winnie-the-Pooh? “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of GRATITUDE.” Your daily routine of expressing thankfulness will insure more forgiving, loving, kinder family members, while eliminating anxiousness and allowing each to connect socially with others. As part of this movement you may want to encourage your kids to express appreciation of others with compliments. Gratitude is not just an inside job.
” Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” – Richelle E. Goodrich