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Have An Attitude of Gratitude With These 4 Proven Practices

This time last year, I had been working on GAALS full-time for a little over a year. I spent countless hours on the business, teaching 19 classes a week and trying to build awareness about what we do, how we do it and why it’s so important. Needless to say, it was exhausting, and definitely not easy. I thought about giving up.

But your girls kept me going.

One girl shared a story about finally having the courage to have a sleepover. Another girl’s face lit up after finally being able to spin her hula hoop round and round. And after weeks of sitting quietly, a girl raised her hand and shared her opinion.

Hundreds of moments like these kept me going and renewed my commitment to GAALS despite every obstacle I faced. I am grateful for each and every child who has come to our program. They have motivated and inspired me with their courage, strength and inner beauty.

It was only a few years ago when I began thinking about the importance of having a positive attitude. About the things I am grateful for – big and small. Every day. I used to have to put in a lot of effort to make that happen, but now it comes naturally to me. And I am so amazed. And so thankful.

Imagine your child living her life with a positive outlook and an attitude of gratitude. How powerful that will be. What kind of effect it will have on her — her self-esteem, her relationships and her life?

Research says grateful children aren’t only happier & healthier, but also less materialistic & envious.

You can help your daughter with these 4 proven gratitude practices:

  1. Share your highs and lows of the day. This forces each person to reflect on their day and think about the good things that happened, as well as how they dealt with the lows. It’s an effective tool in showing that even though life is not perfect, we can all overcome things and move forward. Now that’s positive!
  2. Create a Gratitude Jar. Instead of just praising and thanking your children when they do something special, after thanking them, write it down and put it in the gratitude jar. Not only does it emphasize your child’s good deed, it motivates her to find and/or create more such moments. And when your child is having a bad day or not feeling good about themselves, the gratitude jar awaits you. What better way to increase self-worth?
  3. Call out the little things you notice and appreciate. Share how wonderful it feels when the sun shines down on your face on a crisp fall day. Or how beautiful the fall foliage is as you drive over the viaduct in Roslyn. Not everywhere do people get to see such beauty. Your children will follow suit by noticing and appreciating the little things in our lives and our world.
  4. Write thank-you notes. Sometimes there are people in our lives who go unnoticed, even though they help you (and others) on a regular basis. Like the maintenance staff at school or the woman at the bagel store that always greets your child with a big smile and takes an interest in her life, asking how school is going. These people hardly ever get recognized. A simple note thanking them goes a long way for them – and for you.

By creating your own meaningful family gratitude traditions, you will be helping your child lead a happier and healthier life.

A great big thanks to all of you for helping me do that simply by entrusting GAALS to work with you to empower your child. We promise to continue build up each child that joins us – to give them tools and a voice.

We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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