Updated: Dec 2, 2022
Setting an Example of Thankfulness
How many times has a kind word, thoughtful gesture, or appreciating action brightened your day? How many times has a glare or snarky comment ruined your day? It should be no surprise to us, that when we feel happiness well up inside of us because of someone elses actions, that we have the same power to positively impact those around us too. Not only that, but we have the ability to affect ourselves as well.
It all begins with thankfulness. Having gratitude is scientifically proven to make us healthier, less stressed, improve our quality of sleep, increase self-satisfaction and the list goes on and on. Choosing to focus on the good and be grateful for what you have is not always something that comes naturally, but it is doable. Changing the internal dialogue you have with yourself, will radically change the way you interact with those around you and positively affect them. Your kids will be the first to see it. They will learn from you how to be grateful. They will learn from you how to appreciate people when you are out and about. They will model the way you treat your spouse or the people that come in your home. More than anything, they will internalize the way you treat them and how you let them know you are grateful they are your kids! Thank the cashier at the store, even when they are slow. Tell the call center representative you appreciate them working on your behalf over the phone. Thank your spouse in front of your children for doing the dishes, or picking up toys. Thank your children for listening, helping, playing - anything you can think of to show them you are grateful to be their parents. By choosing to be thankful, by appreciating what you have, by verbalizing your gratitude - your kids will be better for it. Your home will have more peace. Our world will be a kinder, more grateful for each other place to live. So choose to be thankful, not just in celebration of Thanksgiving, but everyday.
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