3 Simple Steps to Start a Family Gratitude Practice

On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact, according to a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology.


When starting a family gratitude practice remember, stay consistent and practice.


1. Pick an activity your family does several times a day.

When starting a Daily Family Gratitude Practice, you want to make sure it's a fun and exciting experience for the whole family. 

Pick an activity that your family does routinely several times a day, meal times and car rides are popular. 

For example, if you pick car rides, leave a sticky note reminder on your steering wheel or in the rearview mirror. 


2. Focus only on the activity or experience you just had.

A daily family gratitude practice will not only help you raise a grateful child, it helps children focus and be present in the moment. 

If you choose car rides for your Daily Family Gratitude Practice, family members give gratitude about the activity or experience they just had. 

Whether you're headed home from a trip to the grocery store, the library, school, or a theme park- gratitude focuses on the experience you just had. 

For example:

"I am grateful that dad let me put the credit card in the machine to pay for the groceries." 

"I am grateful to the cashier for giving me stickers."

"I am grateful to my kids who carried all the library books to the car." 

Starting a family gratitude practice helps kids be present and focus on the positive aspects of the activity they're doing or experience they're having because they get to give their gratitude right after the event.


3. Stay consistent.

If you forget once, it's totally fine.  Just make sure your reminders are in place and focus on the next opportunity.

After a few days, you'll find that the kids will automatically start the gratitude practice.  They'll look forward to the giving gratitude experience, focus on being more present during events or activities, and truly become more grateful.

Make the Daily Family Gratitude Practice something fun to look forward to and in no time, you will be amazed at how Practicing Gratitude daily will change your life!





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