Like it or not, our kids are watching us and listening to what we say (unless we're speaking directly to them, of course). They take in everything and some of the most important lessons we teach them happen when we don't realize it. That includes imparting an attitude of gratitude.
A great way to get the whole family to board the gratitude train is to model this behavior. Make comments about feeling grateful when you're with them. If this practice is making a difference in your life, casually mention it. Make gratitude a family activity. We do this at dinner, one of the only times during the day that we are all together. I often ask my crew to share three things they are grateful for that are specific to that day.
Be forewarned though. If your family is anything like mine, they'll roll their eyes and look at you like you just suggested they wear a polyester pantsuit for the first day of school. Your spouse might do it, too. Ignore it. Lead by example and get started by listing your three things. Eventually they'll follow suit and they might just start to think a little differently, focusing on the positive things in their day and in their lives. And that's the whole point of this.
It's day 18 of The Big Joy of a little Things and my gratitude runs deep for....
63. Celebrating twenty-four years with the one I love, my husband and fellow explorer. Happy anniversary! Even still... I do.
64. My son's safety. It was a terrifying day at a local shopping mall where gun shots were fired. Thank God my boy and everyone else got out unharmed.
64. Going back to my roots over the weekend to research a sports underdog story that will make you believe anything is possible. In the process, I had the privilege of meeting legendary hockey players and being fully welcomed into their circle. Old school pro hockey players are some of the most ingratiating athletes out there. All around great guys!
65. Seeing the benefit of doing this gratitude practice. After nearly three weeks, my appreciation registers without as much thought and it skews my perception of negative events, making them feel less frustrating or maddening.
Three more days until we reach the habit zone. Keep appreciating this sweet life, Underdogs, and all the goodness in it.
Peace, love and gratitude,