All it takes is a simple notebook.
We designated a specific notebook where we could record our expressions of gratitude. Each day our family got one page to express thanks– a story, a list, a picture.
It was quick. It was easy, and sometimes sounded like this,“Time for gratitude journal. Pick one thing–what are you grateful for today? Go.” Then we’d go around the room and record the responses. Simple.
Sometimes, we are great at writing in this journal daily, and sometimes it gets set aside. But regardless, our kids are gradually learning it’s important to express gratitude.
If you are wondering if it’s worth the effort, let me share this story. It happened when our kids were much younger and we decided to go out for dinner.
My third kiddo told us to wait for him to get ready while he ran around looking for something. He grabbed his backpack, put what he had been looking for in it, and hopped in the car.
We got to the restaurant and this child, then nine years old, said he’d like a minute before we started eating. He opened his backpack and pulled out the forgotten gratitude journal.
He said to us, “We haven’t done this in too long! What are you grateful for?” Then, he wrote down our responses.
My mom heart was so happy! Even though we rush and often forget, our imperfect practice and efforts were having an effect!
This simple gratitude journal obviously meant something to this child. He enjoyed thinking about it and sharing it with us. He wanted it to happen more often than it was so he re-opened the space for us to feel gratitude together. Awesome.
Even if it’s an imperfect practice, every bit of gratitude we feel can help us find happiness and connection.
Maybe you’re already a gratitude master with kids who are grateful for chores, brussels sprouts, and homework.
But if you’re like me, you can practice more consistent gratitude with a few helpful prompts and ideas. And don’t worry if it’s midway through November and you haven’t started anything yet. Gratitude is practice to continue throughout the year. It’s never too late to start.
As an expression of my gratitude for you, I want to share some fun ways to begin expressing gratitude with your family. Just click the link below!
I promise, you’ll be grateful you did.