10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude















It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain!

1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you are thankful for this year?”

2. Give your child a small piece of paper and ask them to write a note to a member of the family, telling them what they like about them. An example of mine, “Mari your videos make me laugh.”

3. Take a treat to a neighbor and talk to your child about that neighbor and how you are thankful for them.

4. Simply say, “I’m so thankful for you.”

5. Read a book on thankfulness, such as An Awesome Book of Thanks, by Dallas Clayton or The Thankful Book by Todd Parr.

6. Feed the birds, or give an extra treat to your dog, for your little one to say how thankful they are.

7. Write your thankful thoughts one evening as a family and put them in a jar to read next year.

8. Call a distant friend or relative to tell them how thankful you are for them.6a00d83453a2a469e201b8d14f13df970c-800wi

9. Thank a mail person, teacher or coach for their hard work.

10. Lastly, make a Thankful tree; Lest you think this is creative, I’m here to set you straight. I took some branches off a tree, stuck them in a plastic vase, added lights and cut leaves out of brown paper bags, tied on jute, and set out with some pens. Wah-la! Presto gratitude!

If you have creative ways your family encourages gratitude, let me know! I’m always looking for new ideas.

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  1. love! especially excited to see the tree with little leaves filled with 5yo handwriting.

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