Gratitude is the secret ingredient to a happier and more fulfilled life. As a very busy "hot-mess" mom, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Between school drop-offs, work, keeping up with the endless mounds of laundry (speaking of that... did I get that load out of the washer?!), dirty dishes piled in the sink, my endless to-do list, and all the other "hats" we wear, it can be extremely hard to find time to slow down and appreciate the little things. But I've found that incorporating gratitude into my daily routine has made a dynamic difference in my overall well-being and my goal is to introduce concepts of gratitude to my littles so that we can start focusing on the good things in our day, week, month, and beyond. Gratitude has been proven to help overall mental health, promote better sleep, stronger relationships, increased empathy, increased awareness, a greater sense of purpose, and more.
GRATITUDE... that is a big word! So how can we effectively introduce this concept to our child/children AND incorporate it into the day?
We live in a fast-paced society, that often focuses on the negative. I am SO guilty of this and tend to let small things that truly don't matter affect my entire day! Most of the time, these small mishaps were out of my control anyways, yet, I let it dictate the rest of my day. It's time to let these things roll by, breathe, and take that moment that can totally wreck havoc on your day mentally to, instead, soak in something that FILLS YOU UP WITH HAPPINESS and gratitude.
By incorporating gratitude into your daily routine and as a family, you'll find that you begin to appreciate the present moment much more, and that you'll begin to notice the abundance of good things in your life when things seem "bleh". It's a small change in mindset that can make a massive difference in your overall well-being and the well-being of your loved ones. So, go ahead and start a gratitude jar, try gratitude dinner table conversation or take a gratitude walk, and watch as your family becomes happier and more fulfilled."