Gabby, an aspiring rock star, learns the importance of expressing gratitude. (Duration: 18:43) Theme music by Kevin Macleod – Incompetech.com. Want to listen offline? Click the download icon on the player above to download this episode to your device.
Discuss with your child why we express gratitude, why it’s important, and its positive effect on others as well as yourself. Note the changes Gabby went through as she gave thanks throughout the day. Did you notice how it became easier to say thank you the more she did it? Did you see how her gracious attitude was contagious with the other kids on the bus? Having an attitude of gratitude will help you create strong relationships, appreciate life, and be happier. One of the most powerful things you can do when you’re feeling sad and down is to think of all the many wonderful things you have in your life – a roof over your head, a loving family, friends, etc. As we recognize the many blessings we have, our troubles are made lighter.
- Make a list of everything you’re grateful for. Share your list with each other. If you want to take it a step further, make a paper gratitude chain. Write something you’re grateful for on each strip of paper and then connect the strips and hang them in your room.
- Write “Thank You” notes to everyone you’re grateful for and go around handing them out throughout the day
- If you’re religious, dedicate an entire prayer to simply thanking Heavenly Father for all that he has given you. Doing this will help you recognize his hand in your life and you will develop a greater appreciation for the many blessing he gives you.