Last spring, I published a post called How to “How to Help Your Kids Have an Attitude of Gratitude.” I think gratitude is important year-round, but November is a perfect month to place an extra emphasis on gratitude. Maybe there are some gratitude activities you’d like to start for your family. Or maybe you’d like to do something different just for the month.
The Power of Gratitude
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou
“Jack Canfield – How Gratitude Changed This Multi-Millionaire’s Life.” The beginning of this video is a truly inspiring story of the power of gratitude.
Family Gratitude Activities
Here are some more family gratitude activities you could choose from. Just find the activity you feel drawn to, an activity you think would be fun and meaningful for your family.
Light a Candle from Gratefulness.org is a beautiful online activity that encourages thoughtfulness and thankfulness.
Education.com has an article on “Teaching Gratitude.” It recommends three activities:
- Keep a family “gratitude journal” or lists of things family members are thankful for….
- Slow down and smell the roses. “Savoring” good experiences can heighten positive emotions. Adults can teach kids to savor positive events by habitually expressing gratitude when nice things happen, even if they are very small things. Simply stop what you are doing and express thanks for the moment—a beautiful sunset, the chance to smile at a baby, the opportunity to be with your child.
- Write “gratitude letters” large and small….
Kristina Belnap at Parent Guide News has an article called “Attitude of Gratitude.” Her suggestions are to:
- Model Gratitude
- Expect your child to show gratitude.
- Go guilt-free.
- Commit random (but regular) acts of service and gratitude.
“Gratitude Dance” This is just fun, and a gratitude dance is an activity that could work well if your family loves to move and dance together.
I have a new post at Living Montessori Now called “Montessori-Inspired Gratitude Activities” with links to lots of resources.
And I keep adding family gratitude activities along with other Thanksgiving activities to my Kids’ Thanksgiving Activities Pinterest board. There are links to posts for a Thanksgiving tree (many different types of Thanksgiving tree), gratitude journal, gratitude bowl, gratitude jar, gratitude board, and gratitude garland. I love that Pinterest is so visual. Hopefully, you’ll find an activity that appeals to you.
Do you have a family gratitude activity during November or year-round?
Linked with Thought-Provoking Thursday.