Gratitude is a two-way street. The more you give, the more you get.
I am receiving gratitude from people who are thankful for the Thanks and Giving Celebration. Here’s the thing: I am so grateful to you for supporting this dream of mine to teach literacy through music and movement.
Choose gratitude. Every minute of every day you have a choice. You can choose to complain about what you do not have, or be thankful for what you do. Choose appreciation. Choose gratitude. You can find things to be thankful for, even when things are not going well. That's when it is especially important to practice gratitude.
Gratitude, like love, creates what I call "rosy moments." Cherish them. Savor them. Make them last. Writing down what you are grateful for will help you remember the rosy moments and make them last longer.
There are many benefits of using a gratitude journal, including closer relationships, improved physical health, reduced aggression, better sleep, improved self-esteem, and reduced social comparisons.
I strive to write what I am grateful for daily. I will go good stretches of daily gratitude journaling, and then "fall off the wagon" for a while. I know that I feel better when I am consistently journaling what I am grateful for.
Encourage your children to use a gratitude journal as well. If you have a baby, just talk to them about what you are grateful for. Young children can draw. Ask them to draw what they are grateful for. Then write a caption in their own words. Use the writing prompts below:
What about you? Do you keep a gratitude journal? Does your child keep one? Tell me in the comments your experience with gratitude journaling.
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