Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Year of Gratitude

Let me start by keeping it real.  I come from complainers.  (Mom's side.)  They don't mean to be complainers.  I don't even think they realize they're doing it.  But they're complainers nonetheless.  On Thanksgiving I talked to three people and heard three people complain.  I did not hear about what they were thankful for.  The whole phone call made me think about a time in grad school when I was so fed up that I would only listen to complaints from someone if they also had something good to tell me.  1 complaint, 1 good thing.  3 complaints?  You guessed it.  You better have 3 good things to talk about. It worked pretty well but I eventually slacked off, and the positive comments dwindled.  

Then last week I came across this article on Facebook.  My high school gym teacher posted it.  (He finds the best stuff!)  It's an article on the benefits of teaching children gratitude. The main idea is this:

"Gratitude works like a muscle. Take time to recognize good fortune, and feelings of appreciation can increase."

(But don't take my word for it.  I really think the article is worth a read!)

With our own little munchkin growing before our eyes, we're constantly thinking about things we hope to teach her about being a kind and generous human.  (We also think about important things like "what if she doesn't like raclette?")  So here's my plan to retrain myself.  This year, I will post one thing I'm thankful for every day.  It might be a big thing, it might be a small thing.  It might be paired with some crafty info or it might just be a sentence or two.  It might be an insanely lofty goal, especially from someone who has been posting about once every three months, if that!  But I'm going to try.  Because the best way for me to teach my snuggle bug an "attitude of gratitude" is to live it myself. 

And so for Day 1: I am thankful for celebrating my bugaboo's first Christmas with a day of jammies, toys, chewing on wrapping paper (not me.) and lots and lots of snuggles and kisses.  It was perfect and a week later I'm still basking in the bliss!
What are you thankful for today?

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