Stepping into a new year tends to be all about the "new year, new me" and setting New Year's resolutions that we may or may not end up sticking to. So this year, whether you're setting yourself up for success or not, here are some gratitude-centered traditions you can work on with the whole family..
1. SAY THANK YOU
Being grateful has more impact in the world when we give that gratitude to others by way of saying thank you. It reminds them and us that life is full of gifts of love that make the world we share a better place for everyone.
This year, I’m setting out a year-in-review gratitude station.
I’ll invite my family (including myself) to take a moment each day to write out or draw something that expresses gratitude for a moment, a gift or a person, which touched us this year. I’ll hang these up in the house as we go.
Here are my station supplies:
- Tray big enough to hold all the paper, pens, etc.
- Paper stack (a variety of shapes and colors is especially nice)
- Jar of crayons, pencils and markers
- Twine, ribbon or yarn to string up the completed pieces
This is fun and heartwarming on its own, and also serves as a gratitude jumpstart for the coming year. It may be fun, too, to take some time each weekend to read through each of the pieces as a family.
I found this post at MPMK (Modern Parents Messy Kids) especially inspiring in regards to motivating a gratitude practice. Loved her three reasons why cultivating gratitude in our families is beneficial (hint: #1 is that it increases self-worth).