An Attitude of Gratitude: How To Practice Gratitude With Your Family

by Emma W.R. on July 20, 2016

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Practicing gratitude is extremely rewarding. All my life, my mom always told me that gratitude opens up many doors and is one of the secrets to living a happy life. There is always something to be grateful about and it’s important to take the time to say “Thank You.” That being said, it’s very easy to forget to be grateful for many things in life. Here are some tips on how to practice gratitude with your family.

Make a weekly list

Every week has it’s up and it’s downs. That’s just life. Encourage your kids and your spouse to write down a weekly list of 10 things they are grateful for. Set up a weekly time (could be 10-15 minutes or even over dinner) to take turns talking about what everyone is grateful for. Try to make this a tradition and something everyone really enjoys in the week. Make it extra special by serving a favorite food or drink over the gratitude discussions.

Gratitude Board  

Getting in the habit of practicing gratitude every day can be very rewarding because you realize that what you have is very special. Set up a gratitude board in the living room or general shared area in the home. Encourage everyone to add things they are grateful for. You can incentivize adding to the board by having everyone put their initials next to each addition to the board. The person with the most additions gets a special prize.

Say “Thank You”

Getting in the habit to say “Thank You” is more difficult than it should be. It’s always a nice gesture to say “Thank You” to everyday people in your life. The teller at the bank. The barista at Starbucks. It’s very rewarding to not only say “Thank You” but to really think about all of the people in your life that you have to be grateful for. Start these conversations at home with your kids and get them to get into thinking about the importance of bring grateful. You don’t know what you have until you lost it!

At the end of the day, practicing an attitude of gratitude with your family takes effort and time, but it is truly worth it. Establishing an attitude of gratitude early in life is something your kids will thank you for down the road. 

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Priscilla January 29, 2018 at 2:11 pm

My daughter and I have Thank You journals. We try to write at least 5 things we are thankful for everyday and share it with one another. This allows us to realize how truly blessed we are every day and how thankful we should be no matter what situation we go through. Even when we are going through difficult times we give thanks. We should be joyful no matter what because God gives us oxygen to breathe, water to live, and the sun to light up our world and keep us warm every day for free. Giving thanks makes us happy!

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Greer March 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

People who are unthankful, or ungrateful, tend to be unpleasant overall. Just my thoughts on this one…

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Jack February 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

The gratitude discussions are something I am going to start TONIGHT. I think it’s so important to be grateful. Your mother was a wise lady, gratitude absolutely equates to happiness. It’ll be a great new way to reconnect over dinner when our discussions are generally complaining about how the day went. The board is a sweet idea for growing families to forge a happy home. And a little friendly competition never hurt anybody. It is so important to say thank you and mean it fully, to help people out. You have no idea what they’re going through that day and your sincere ‘Thank You’ could change their day entirely.

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Rikki January 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm

I try to think of the good things that happened each night before bed. It helps me fall asleep with a positive mindset and prevents my mind from racing.

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Sharon Winters September 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

When my children were young, I always told them to make sure you always say please and Thank you to anyone that does something for you. The person who is giving, always likes to hear the words, Thank you. Not only is it a nice gesture, but it also shows respect. If you don’t want to say it, then send a Thank you card.

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SHELLY September 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Being grateful is one of the most important things in life: Especially when you see others who are far worst off than you are.

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Carleen September 1, 2016 at 9:42 am

Being positive and trying to keep focused on the things you are grateful for will contribute to your overall well-being. It is all about that bigger picture. Focus on what is important.

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Mayra August 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

In general, I feel our tendency is to take many simple blessings in our lives for granted. So many people focus on what is lacking and comparing themselves to others, instead of appreciating the core values of love, support and loyalty that only family and good friends can bring. If we spent more time reflecting and measuring our success by these values, we would realize how truly rich we are.

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Dana B August 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Show your children that you are thankful for what you have and they will learn and that valuable lesson from you. It is not always easy to do this because most of the time we take what is good in our lives for granted.

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Amerie January 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

I agree fully with this. It is something I have been teaching my children since they were very young.

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Dahlia July 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

not saying thank you is a pet peeve i mine! i say it all the time.

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Juliana July 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm

The best thing about practicing an attitude of gratitude is that it forces you to focus on the positive. When you waste your energy on all the negative it drains you. There is so much more to be grateful for!

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Jackie July 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

People don’t say thank you anymore.. I was raised to always hold the door for someone behind me and I rarely hear a thank you anymore..

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