Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to appreciate what we often take for granted: a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. An attitude of gratitude helps build stronger relationships and fosters a positive mindset. Best of all, it’s contagious!
- Model it: Let your kids see you showing your appreciation.
- Share it: When you’re sitting together at dinner time, have every person name something good that happened that day.
- Bank it: Start a thankful jar and encourage your kids to add to it every day.
- Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
- The Thankful Book, by Todd Parr
- Good People Everywhere, by Lynea Gillan and Kristina Swarner
- Daniel Tiger’s “Thank You Grandpere Tiger!/ Neighborhood Thank You Day” (episode 114) which includes this “Thank You Song.”
- Those Shoes by Boelts
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- When Grandma Gives you a Tool Box by Deenihan
- “Raising Grateful Kids: Why Giving Thanks Is Good for the Soul” – article, PBS.org
- “Practicing Gratitude (and 10 Things I’m Grateful For)” – video, YouTube.org
- “Gratitude Is Good for You” – video, YouTube. org