Science and research has proven over and over that gratitude influences our mental well-being but because it is hard to notice the benefits, it’s easy for us to de-prioritize it.
So how do you become the family where gratitude is an ongoing habit?
Be intentional about saying things you are grateful for our loud “I’m so grateful for Aunt Lisa because…” or “I’m so grateful for our home because….” There is no greater influence than kids seeing their parents doing something.
MAKE IT A PART OF YOUR ROUTINE
The most effective way to create a new habit is to attach is to an existing habit. That could be when you brush your teeth or after reading a story at night or on the drive to school. Have your kids pick when they want to do it.
EXPLAIN THE “WHY”
Help them understand why Gratitude is important:
1. It helps us focus on the good in our life
2. It makes us feel happier
3. The universe then brings even more things our way to be grateful for when we are grateful
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