The other day I visited my child’s classroom. It was at the end of the day and I was a little early so I stood outside the classroom and waited. The teacher was asking each of the students what their gratitude of the day was. I thought this was so wonderful and beautiful! It was amazing to listen to the children state their personal gratitude. It was not just about material things. It was about being grateful for improvements in math, seeing an act of kindness, and for gestures of friendship on the playground. Afterwards, the teacher stood at the door and shook each child’s hand and wished them a wonderful evening. The 10 minutes it took to do that set the tone for each child for the rest of the day. Everyone who left that classroom felt valued and appreciated. Practicing gratitude not only helps our emotions, it actually helps our bodies.
1. Start your morning with a gratitude. -It can certainly be about your coffee.
2. Write a list of 5 positive things -If you day is turning out to be particularly difficult, stop and make a list to help shift your focus from the negative to the positive.
3. Eliminate a complaint -when that person is on your LAST nerve, stop and think something positive about that person instead of complaining about them.
4. Beautiful items-place a beautiful item (personal to you) where you can see it. Take a minute to look at it and enjoy it’s beauty.
5. Turn an ungrateful thought into a positive one -make the situation work in your favor.
6. Thank someone -write a thank you note or buy thank you stickers and share it with someone.
7. End your day with gratitude -at the dinner table with your family, while walking the dog or even while you are sitting in your easy chair with your feet up. Reflect on your day and be grateful for the fullness of it.