Gratitiude can present itself in so many ways. I always prided myself on expressing gratitude to strangers, for excellent customer service, etc. But in the last couple of years I feel I have become “too busy” to notice or certainly to think about all that I have for which to be grateful.
I usually express that I am grateful for my 2 wonderful children but beyond that it drops off. My poor husband gets none of it, and if a stranger went out of their way now I probably wouldn’t even notice it.
Therefore, in our house we instituted a “what I am grateful for” policy. Every evening at dinner we go around the table to each state what stood out that day for us. Was it a particularly beautiful day to play outside, did a friend do or say something nice to us that day, were we grateful for a much needed hug or kiss (hopefully not from a stranger)?
It has been so fun to spend some time thinking about the little things that make our days. Often times for my 4 year old she is being silly and is grateful for something dealing with her imaginary friend, and of course my 2 year old copies everything she says. But we just go with it and get a glimpse into their brains and see just what they are capable of creating with their own minds. And other times they say they are grateful for us, which melts our hearts.