With Thanksgiving approaching we are thinking a lot around here about what and who we are thankful and appreciative for. I came up with the idea for the girls to each pick someone they are thankful for each day to send a nice appreciation to. It can be a simple picture, a note or a post card. Really, whatever inspires them and helps them to express themselves and their thoughts. We started out with preprinted postcards created just for this purpose, but it seemed those were too rigid, so we moved on to other mediums. We may even end up sending little text videos as the month moves on. I love that this gets the girls extra practice in writing, expressing their feelings of gratitude and being creative all at the same time.
I've seen many articles recently about the correlation between showing gratitude and a person's happiness. Yes, the more you express gratitude, research shows, the happier you are. I hope all of these gratitude activities we do now keeps the warmth in our girls' hearts and gives them a strong base for recognizing what they have, securing of feelings of thankfulness for where they are.