In November I reflect on something that I am grateful for each day. Here are some that I posted on facebook. “A quiet crisp morning, the smell of coffee brewing, yellow, red, and orange leaves falling to the ground and contentment in my heart.” “So blessed to have a job I love.” “Time spent with family is pure joy.”
Being grateful has a calming effect, increases happiness, satisfaction, and a deeper sleep. I found I had more energy and although I got sick was able to recuperate faster. Emotionally I felt more joyful, experienced more contentment, and felt calm amidst the chaos of the holidays.
Sir John Templeton states, ”How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.”
Practice being grateful each day for a month.
Share your gratitude with the family each day.
Have your children state their gratitude.
Did you see improvement in the overall attitude of your family?
Did you experience deeper sharing as a family?
Were you able to understand what is important in the life of each child?
If you answered yes to these questions, congratulations! You are developing a stronger bond and improving the overall health of your family. Now that is something to celebrate.