5 Ways Your Entire Family Can Express Gratitude This Month

BY: - 1 Nov '13 | inspiration

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In four weeks, most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and November has become a month that urges us to reflect on what we are grateful for.  It’s a known fact that expressing gratitude is a critical part of living our best lives.  Whether you give thanks for the air you breathe, or the caramel macchiato you are able to afford on the way to work, giving thanks is good for the soul.

And, although we should be grateful every month of the year, November does a pretty good job of highlighting what it means to be grateful.  We each have our own way of expressing gratitude.  Some of us do it through conversations with God, while others journal or volunteer.  And, of course, some us do all of these things (I know I do).

Here are few ideas of fun and creative ways you can encourage your family to express gratitude all month long.  I hope that this attitude of gratitude extends well past the month of November.  I hope you wake up every single day of the year understanding that being grateful will sustain you in a way that nothing else can.

Start a Gratitude Jar – Find a big glass container, decorate it and put it in a prominent place in your home – maybe the kitchen – and place pens and pieces of colored paper next to it.  Everyday, everyone in your family has to write down just one thing they are grateful for that day – anything – and place the paper in the jar.  At the end of the month the family can share what’s in the jar and even place these pieces of paper in a scrapbook (don’t forget to add a few pictures, too).

Take a drink from the gratitude cup  –  Get a fun-looking cup that rotates between family members throughout the week.  Whoever ends up with the gratitude cup has to share an experience from the day that they are grateful for.  Not into cups?  A gratitude plate is pretty fun, too.

Have the whole family select items to giveaway – Every weekend during the month of November, pull your family together for a couple of hours and begin gathering items that you all love, but truly don’t need.  Pack them up and at the end of the month, give them to an organization that can truly use the donations.

Organize a “thank you card” night – Pull together cards, pens and a few decorative items and bring the family together to write out thank you cards.  This is a chance for your children to write a note to a family member who sent them a gift, or a friend’s mom who took them to dinner.  Sure, expressing gratitude verbally is important, but in this age of technology, the art of writing out a thank you notes is lost.  Write a few thank you notes and place them in the mail.  It will make someone’s day.

Pay it forward – Are there people who have truly been good to your family this year? Bring your family together, create a care package and send it to another family who you think needs a ray of sunshine in their lives.  Nothing says you’re grateful like paying kindness forward.  It truly spreads joy.

BMWK Family, What is your family doing this month to express gratitude?

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Martine Foreman wrote 496 articles on this blog.

Martine Foreman is a speaker, writer, lifestyle consultant, and ACE-certified Health Coach who specializes in helping moms who want more out of life but feel overwhelmed and confused. Through her content and services, Martine is committed to helping women embrace their personal truth, gain clarity, and take action to create healthier, happier lives. For more on Martine's candid views on life and love, visit her at candidbelle.com. To work with her, visit her at martineforeman.com. Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, two kids and sassy cat Pepper.

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How St. Jude is Helping Three Sisters Battle Cancer

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A couple of week’s ago, we wrote about our trip to Memphis, TN to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While there have been many celebrities, radio personalities and everyday people like you who are sharing in the fight against childhood cancer, we wanted to share the story of just one of the special families at St. Jude.

Meet the Lee family, a family of seven (four girls and one boy which includes a set of twins). It’s one thing to have a sick child. But to have three sick children, is way more than any parent should have to be faced with. Read on to see how this mom is helping her children battle cancer, as well as how she’s had to deal with her own cancer scare in the midst of it all.

BMWK: Can you please share with us, how you and your husband, and the rest of the family have been able to push through this time over the last few years?

Elnora Lee: One word, which is prayer.  Praying consistently is the motivation that keeps me going, and just to see that my children are still alive is motivation enough for me to push through the tough days.  There are days where you want to give up, but they’re still going so you have to keep going.

BMWK: Can you explain a little bit about the type of cancer the girls have?

Elnora:  Yes, they have different types of brain tumors.  One of my daughters, for example, has what they call plexiform on her back and on her hip, which causes her to walk uneven.  She also has the brain tumors in the brain.  One of them has brain tumors in the brain stem and on the optic nerve.  One of my other daughters has the optic pathway glioma in the middle of the brain.

BMWK:  Okay, so they’re all different types of tumors that they have?

Elnora:  Yes, all different with different side effects, yes.

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Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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