A Grateful Family Is A Happy Family

November 18, 2017

Quote of the Week

"It's wonderful to be grateful. To have that gratitude well out from deep within you and pour it out in waves. Once you truly experience this, you will never want to give it up." - Srikumar Rao

A Grateful Family Is A Happy Family

"Creating a grateful family culture is a challenge in our entitled, indulgent age. Yet much research has confirmed what we intuitively know – practicing gratitude and being grateful are keys to a happier life. Therefore, it’s well worth our consistent and continued effort as parents to model and teach our kids to practice gratitude. [...]

After all, if we constantly dwell on what’s going wrong in our lives and in the world (and stay focused on what we don’t have), we are left feeling anxious, empty, and depressed. But when we take time to count our blessings, we shift our mindsets and become happier, more grateful people. [...]

There are so many ways to build up our gratitude muscles, and helping our kids learn to be more grateful people can have a life-long positive impact. Here’s to an attitude of gratitude during the holidays!" [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: Too Much Noise
By: Ann McGovern
Ages: 4-8

"Peter goes off to the village wise man to find out what he could do about his noisy house. It seemed like a simple enough problem at the beginning, but more and more complications set in—in the forms of a donkey, a sheep, and a cow, to name a few, until it looked as though an entire farm had come to life right there in Peter’s house!

But with the proper, if overwhelming, application of true folk wisdom, the trouble was ended. Peter’s house was finally quiet. Or was it? This is a funny book, a very funny book.” - Publishers

Be the Change

Try out some suggestions from this week's article on simple ways to polish our gratitude muscles as a family this holiday season.

Here's one really special and fun idea you can try this week: tell your kids how grateful you are for them in this little unique way.  If you'd like to step it up, you could use it for all of your loved ones or even strangers. Up for more? Share your stories with us. It would be wonderful to spread the ripple of gratitude with other parents across the community :)