Attitude of Gratitude

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.”

My challenge:

Practice being grateful each day for a month.

Share your gratitude with the family each day.

Have your children state their gratitude.

Evaluate:

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.


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