Easy Ways to Incorporate Gratitude into Your Family’s Day 

By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
March 14, 2023

Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about easy ways to incorporate gratitude into your family’s day.

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In today’s world, it’s easy to forget about the small, yet important things that bring our families closer together. Incorporating gratitude into your family’s day-to-day life is an ideal way to ensure you are all connected and appreciate one another more. Gratitude has been known to be a powerful emotion that not only brightens your day, but also helps build strong foundations within any relationship as it is expressed throughout meaningful conversations, actions, and activities with each other. Here we discuss some easy ways that can help integrate the power of expressing gratitude into your family’s everyday lives.

Create a Gratitude Jar 

A gratitude jar is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of thankfulness into your family’s day-to-day routine. This simple and creative project encourages everyone in the family to pay attention to the little things that bring them joy and gratitude. Once it’s made, each person can take turns creating notes about something that happened that day for which they are grateful. As these notes accumulate, collecting in that jar or box, it becomes a visual representation of all the good moments you’ve had together. When all else is forgotten, this special container can remind your family of all they have been thankful for.

Dedicate Time for Reflection 

Sometimes we forget how much we have to be grateful for simply because our lives move so quickly from one thing to the next. Try dedicating some time each day for everyone in the family to reflect on their blessings, both big and small. You could even make it fun by having each person share one thing they’re thankful for at dinner every night or before bedtime stories if that works better with your schedule. 

Schedule Acts of Kindness 

Another way to show gratitude is by performing acts of kindness. This could be anything from making homemade cards for grandparents or neighbors, donating toys or books, or volunteering at a local animal shelter together as a family. Whatever you decide, make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate and feel connected with their community while also showing appreciation for others less fortunate than themselves.  

Provide Care to the Family Pet

Incorporating gratitude into your family’s day-to-day routine is a worthwhile endeavor and caring for family pets is an easy way to do just that. Pets offer unconditional love in return for our care and attentiveness which can help us to be thankful for the little things in life. Not only does caring for a pet provide structure into your daily routine, such as feeding times, walks and playtime, or extra care for an aging pet, but it also breeds a sense of responsibility that reinforces the importance of saying “thank you” to those around us. In addition, relationships with animals can bring happiness and joy while becoming the perfect recipient of our gratitude. A delighted tail wag or meow lets us know our gratitude has been noticed and appreciated!

Create a Family Gratitude Ritual 

Establishing a weekly or monthly ritual where your family gathers together to talk about something they’re grateful for can help foster an atmosphere of appreciation in your home. Make sure everyone has a chance to express what they’re thankful for and discuss why that particular thing makes them happy. It might even be fun to have each member write down their thoughts on cards or post-it notes and then put them up around the house as reminders throughout the week.

Practicing gratitude as part of your daily routine can help create stronger relationships between family members while also building confidence and self-esteem in children as they learn how to express their appreciation openly and authentically. From creating a gratitude jar full of daily reflections, dedicating time for reflection, or scheduling acts of kindness together, these easy ways will help incorporate gratitude into your family’s day-to-day life without taking up too much time or effort! 

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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