5 Ways to Practice Gratitude This Holiday Season

There are so many ways to practice gratitude in your life. Try these five ways with your family this holiday season!

Gratitude Jar

In our yoga classes we practiced gratitude by using a gratitude jar. Taking an repurposed glass jar and an sticky label, write “Gratitude Jar” on the sticky label and place it on the jar. Feel free to decorate the jar however you see fit! Then each day (or more if you want) take a stone/bead/pompom and place it in the jar as you state what you are grateful for using the sentence stem, “I am grateful for…..” Encourage each family member to add to the jar each day until your jar is filled up!

For example, “I am grateful for butterflies” or “I am grateful for my family”

Modeling

Show your family what gratitude sounds like by sharing with them what you are thankful for. When I teach gratitude to my students the first thing I do is model what that looks like. Starting with sentences like “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…”. And going beyond those sentence stems to say things like “I feel so loved when you hug me after school!” or “I feel respected when you help carry the groceries in from the car.” Modeling how to show and embody gratitude is a great way to share the attitude of gratitude with children.

Reading

There are some pretty incredible books that showcase gratitude practices. A great one is “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud and one of my personal favorites, “Thankful” by Eileen Spinelli.

   

Loving Kindness

Loving Kindness Meta Meditation is a wonderful way to spread love and caring to all those you know and to all creatures and people of the world. It goes like this:

  • Envision someone you love. Say to them:
    • May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be safe, may you be free.
  • Envision someone you know. Say to them:
    • May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be safe, may you be free.
  • Envision all creatures of the world. Say to them:
    • May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be safe, may you be free.
  • Envision yourself. Say to them:
    • May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be safe, may you be free.

 

Breathwork

Start a breathwork practice! Watch this video below or try the Starfish Breath from our yoga cards!

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