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How to Raise Grateful Kids


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”–Melody Beattie

This video is the 3rd in a series about high impact happiness routines from The Raising Happiness Homestudy. Watch the rest of the videos here.

This Week’s Practice: Create a family gratitude practice

Decide on a weekly or daily gratitude ritual for your family, and schedule it. Really: put it on the calendar, or set a reminder on your phone – anything that will help you remember to practice gratitude until it becomes a habit.

Here are two of my favorite gratitude quotations if someone in your family needs a little inspiration. I occasionally read them at dinner before we go around the table to say what we are thankful for.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” –Buddha

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”–Chinese Proverb

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