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5 Ways You Can Practice Gratitude At Home, Tea In Hand

(Blog and Picture by Carmen Sognonvi of Top Flight Family!)

This time of year always inspires us to be a bit reflective, maybe even more so than the New Year does. It’s the perfect time to make changes in our life – the landscape is literally changing, so why shouldn’t we? The fall leaves and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday remind us to think about all we have to be grateful for. And that’s a great time to instill gratitude in the children in our lives. If you feel the same way, try one (or all) of these 5 ways families can practice thankfulness at home. Brew up a pot of Bigelow Tea and get started!

  1. Practice what you preach. Before we suggest anything, know that your kids are watching you and taking notes! If you force them to eat their vegetables and never eat anything green yourself, you’ll be called out. The same goes for any activities you want your children to partake in. Sometimes, we have to force ourselves to take the time we need to recharge. Kids look up to you, so be a good role model.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Whether you do this one solo or as a group, the simplest way to count your blessings is to put them down on paper. Choose a beautiful notebook and a fancy pen, so you’ll be encouraged to write daily. Or sit around the kitchen table and discuss what you’ll write. (Sometimes kids need a reminder of all the little things they encountered in a single day.) Then jot it all down. Brew up a cup of tea and take some time to reflect. There’s something so soothing about sipping some warm tea as we sit down to share our thoughts.
  3. Meditate. It’s hard for kids to sit still. Scratch that. It’s hard for all of us to sit still these days! Show your family members how to take brief periods of time each day to sit in silence, clear their minds, and focus on their breath. Because our minds tend to reel, give your children an intention of thankfulness to focus on while they’re sitting. They can either say the word over and over or they can visualize all of the things and people they are grateful for. You can start with a minute a day and work up from there.
  4. Say thank you more often (and mean it). Do you thank every stranger that holds the door, hands you something, or helps you in some way? Make it a point to say the words thank you more often. Make it a part of your normal lexicon and encourage your kids to do the same. This simple, verbal expression is a good reminder for us all.
  5. Send thank you cards. This is not only a great habit to model for your children, but also a small gesture that really means a lot to the recipient. Hand-written thank you cards for any and all occasions are vastly underrated. When possible, throw in a $5 coffee shop gift card or a drawing your children made of the interaction to take it a step further.

Tag #TeaProudly and share the other ways you like to practice gratitude in your family!

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