By Stephanie Simmons
Each year as Thanksgiving rolls around, it is always a time when I am redirected to my ever-present, yet often forgotten, goal to be more grateful -- and help my children to be more grateful as well. I think we all know that when we focus on what we have, we are happier and by extension, more giving of ourselves.
In my efforts to be a better person in general, I decided to start a gratitude journal. That evolved, (or downgraded?), to an app that I downloaded to my phone that reminds me each day to enter what I am grateful for on that day or moment. I set a low standard of listing at least three things each day. The app includes quotes on gratitude which I have enjoyed reading to help me remember and reflect on the importance of gratitude. I have been doing it for over 1000 days! I know that because the app encourages me every so often by updating me on how long I have been doing it. :)
We have done a few things as a family to help us be more grateful. As a parent, the hope is that this will help my children feel less entitled and more appreciative of what they have….
Here are a few ideas we have tried:
You can see the list isn’t very long, and often those ideas fall away and are forgotten, replaced, or resurrected. It is nice to have a month out of the year that reminds us to get back on track and focus on our many blessings.
QUESTION: What other ideas do you have to help you and your family to be more grateful throughout the year? Have you found gratitude to help you or your family?
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By Laura Breksa, Personal Pursuits CouncilMom
NOTE: This is the first in a series of related blog posts -- as we post them, we will link them together.
This is the first S in the S.P.I.C.E.S. acronym, for Spiritual goals.
The second one is for the P - Physical goals (read it here).
The third one is for the I - Intellectual goals (here's the link to it).
Here at Momivate, we know that motherhood is neither an obstacle nor an interruption to our personal growth -- in fact, it's a fast-paced fertilizer for growth!
Here are some simple-but-solid ideas for experiencing spiritual growth even amidst the busy-ness of motherhood.
Spirituality is the first 'S' in our S.P.I.C.E.S. acronym -- and we'll follow up this blog post with suggestions for each of the other letters, so you can have a flavorful personal life!
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