Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. – Zig Ziglar
November marks the beginning of the holiday season that comes at the end of a year that has been challenging for everyone. Some families may be excited to begin the season, others may be struggling emotionally.
Research suggests that expressing gratitude can help lift spirits. And this Thanksgiving and holiday season is the perfect time to practice gratitude.
Gratitude is a feeling that requires us to focus on what is good in our lives and being thankful for what we have. According to the American Heart Association, the practice of gratitude can improve immune function. As we enter this holiday season and deal with the COVID-19 crisis, gratitude is especially important. Being intentional about having and showing gratitude could be one of the healthiest things you can do!
Here are some ways to practice gratitude in the coming months.
- Read this article on Raising a Thankful Child, from NAEYC
- Discuss as a family, 10 Things to be Thankful for This Holiday Season, from HealthyChildren.org
- Develop new routines after reading, How to help Children Learn Habits of Gratitude, from Cincinnati Children’s
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