I love all the fall and winter holidays. They always seem to be filled with happy traditions. Sometimes November and Thanksgiving seem to be over looked for Christmas. I work hard in my home to make sure this doesn’t happen. Decorations, food and projects stay focused on fall, family and being grateful for everything in our lives.
We use this month as a time to practice mindful daily gratitude as a family. Writing and sharing gratitude out loud has an amazing effect on a person’s happiness level. It also is a very helpful tool when doing a self-evaluation or reflection. It is a super important practice I want to teach my children. And I see the positive effect for hubby when encouraging him to participate as well.
The benefits of practicing gratitude regularly are great. All year I actually write something I am thankful for every day. Some of the many benefits of gratitude include better all around the heath, enhanced empathy and reduced aggression, better sleep and better self-esteem (According to Amy Morin and her article I found on Forbes.)
In another article, it tells how much happier practicing gratitude can make you, especially when you do it daily in a journal. ( Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. wrote for Physcology Today) According to her the upside of practicing gratitude is there no matter what, but to gain a true heath benefit you should make it a daily habit.
Each night during the month of November we have a topic to guide us. We write and share something for which we are thankful. We record all of these ideas on a fall leaf and tape them to a tree cut out I have posted on the wall near our dinner table. It is fun to see the tree grow more full with our thankful leaves as each day passes.
In future years when both the kids are big enough to write on their own, we are going to try out this same plan but with tree rings. When a tree is cut down, inside there are many circles from small to large. In between each ring, we will write our daily thankful note. Then I’ll laminate them and save them to look back on.
Here is what the list and tree ring printable look like after printing. Be sure to select the paper size you want and print it to fit in the margins.
There are also several Thanksgiving-themed thankful books I love to read with my kids during this month. Here are the links if you want to check them out. I am an affiliate with Amazon if you use the links to purchase I will get a bonus. We really do love all these books so if you are looking for some good Thanksgiving themed ones please check these out!
I am a mom of two sweet kiddos. One boy who is 6 and one girl who is 3. Before kids, I was a Kindergarten teacher. My purpose here is to build a positive place for Moms (or any parent for that matter) to learn, share and support each other in our life quest for Happiness!