Did you know that optimism is linked to better mental and physical health, and increased longevity? Well, gratitude can actually help you enjoy those extra years! Gratitude is a perspective, a way of looking at things with appreciation. It guides you to see what is working, instead of what is not.
How can you adopt an attitude of gratitude?
- Celebrate “Thanksgiving” once a week. At dinner one night, ask each family member talk about what s/he is grateful for.
- Tape up a piece of paper for each family member, and encourage everyone to write or draw what they love or admire about that person.
- At the end of the day, write down three things for which you are thankful. A gratitude journal makes fantastic reading for a “rainy” day.
- Write “Thank you!” on post-its or cards and put them around the house to show your family – and yourself – how much you appreciate your life with them.
- Say “thank you” for the little things your family members do, even if they’re expected to. You might surprise your child when you thank him for unloading the dishwasher, but it will certainly be a pleasant surprise!
By the way, we are grateful for you. Thanks for being part of our community!