gratitude

A Month of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year. It isn’t about buying gifts, it’s just about good food, family and friends, and time to reflect on what is really important (my husband would also argue that football fits in there somewhere).  I love the feeling I get so much that I started a gratitude journal for the entire month of November and I highly recommend creating one for yourself!

 The concept is simple. Each night for the entire month of November, settle into bed under your cozy comforter, take a few deep breaths and think of something you are thankful for. At the end of the month you will feel grateful and at peace with what you have. I couldn’t think of a better time to do it than right before the December holiday craze when some of the important things can slip away from us. This can be something you do by yourself or with your entire family.

Here are a few ideas of how you can make this project work for you:

  • Get yourself a brand-new journal and keep it on your nightstand as a visual reminder. It doesn’t have to be fancy, although I love a pretty journal. But I also love to write, so I may be alone on that :) Paper Source offers the bright orange option above, and Etsy has great finds, including this embroidered one.
  • Gather a few branches from your yard or around the neighborhood and arrange them in a vase with some floral foam so they stay standing. Then either cut out leaf shapes from some pretty paper (or find some already done for you) and have every member of the family write down something they are grateful for; then hang them on the branches. You can do this every night, once a week, or all at once when extended family comes to visit for the holiday!
  • Follow this tutorial for creating your own kraft paper tree that you can build onto your wall. I suggest writing gratitude messages on each leaf that adorns the tree. I love the idea of building the tree in a room where everyone will see it often, like your entryway.
  • Use index cards for an easy DIY booklet of gratitude. Punch a hole in the corner of each card and string some festive ribbon through each one. You can create a new gratitude booklet every year!

Sometimes we can focus too much on what we don’t have or what we think we need, but I’ll bet when we slow down and really appreciate what we have around us, we may be more content than we realize. And what a great opportunity to teach your children about gratitude by being grateful. Have fun!

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