Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. – Zig Ziglar
Gratitude is a feeling that requires us to focus on what is good in our lives and be thankful for what we have. According to the American Heart Association, the practice of gratitude can improve our physical health as well, including boosting our immune response.
As we enter this holiday season and continue to cope and adapt to all the changes the COVID-19 crisis has made in our lives, recognizing and giving thanks for the good things in our lives becomes especially important. Being intentional about having and showing gratitude could be one of the healthiest things you can do!
Here are some ideas to help you practice gratitude in your daily life and to help the children in your program give thanks as well:
- Start your day on a positive note. Watch “Say “Thank You” – A Motivational Video On The Importance Of Gratitude.”
- Take a 90-second breather during your day and think about what you are thankful for. Have the children in your program watch this book read aloud: “You Matter”
- Watch this video with the children in your program, “Serving Others,” and discuss it with them after.
- Read How to help Children Learn Habits of Gratitude from Cincinnati Children’s