Every morning my kids and I say our “gratitudes.” (ok, maybe 80% of mornings).
It’s a practice we adopted from my incredible sister in law who keeps gratitude journals. We just made it accessible for 3 year olds who cannot yet write.
About 7 months ago, I started speaking one gratitude each day with my kids (3 year old twins, and a 5 year old). I proposed to them that we would each name something we were grateful of on our way to bring my oldest to preschool. The results shocked me.
They were grateful for typical kid things like their new Legos set, or their pancake breakfast, but also things that were seemingly beyond their years, My 3 year old daughter told me she was grateful for “The rain, because it makes me beautiful.” My 5 year old son was grateful for “his bed, because some people sleep on the ground.” My 3 year old son thanked the world for “the birds that wake him up each day.” I can’t make this stuff up.
Research shows that Being Grateful is linked to happiness levels, physical health, lower stress hormone levels, better sleep, and even the ability to reverse effects of cardiovascular disease (The Positivity Company, 2015). Something as simple as saying thank you to God/higher power/the universe/whatever suits your fancy has been shown to make a real difference in so many lives.
I wanted to share our gratitudes from today with all of you:
- Logan-“I’m grateful that we are having a nice day today.”
- Ava-“I’m grateful to having a nice family.”
- Jackson-“I’m grateful that the furniture is clean so when Daddy gets home he will be happy.”
- Me-“I’m grateful Daddy is coming home today (he’s been away all week for work), and that we survived this week on our own. (true story).”
I’m also grateful for each and every person who checked out my blog when I launched it yesterday. It’s a leap of faith putting it all out there, and I’m feeling a strange combination of overexposure and peace. I’m grateful for both.
What are you grateful for?