Episode 32 – The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude
We firmly believe that attitude can change everything. Every day is either awesome or awful, but it depends on how we want to view it. I have noticed in my life that I can completely change my attitude, but it’s not easy. And, it usually starts with my gratitude, or lack there of.
One of the most valuable lessons foster kids, all kids really, need to learn is that of deciding to have a grateful heart and attitude. Like everything else, this starts at the top with foster parents.
Gratitude changes everything.
- Have you ever noticed that when your having one of “those” days, your not really grateful for anything?
- When you appreciate a few things, you notice new and more things to be grateful for.
- Showing gratitude makes your home more positive.
- We should really be thankful for everything.
- When you are grateful people are more willing to help you or give you more.
- Gratitude helps you get through tough times.
We all have something to be grateful for.
- If you’re alive, you’ve probably got lots to be grateful for.
- Little things are everything.
- Our health, body, brains, family, freedom, the list goes on and on.
- Even in our trials, there are things to be grateful for.
Gratitude is a skill and habit that needs developing.
- Gratitude does not always come naturally.
- It takes regular practice.
- Have we ever mentioned doing role-plays? Ha ha.
- It has the power to make your home more positive.
Here are some ways that we try to foster an attitude of gratitude in our home.
10 Things You Want Activity
- First, list 10 things that you want.
- These usually end up being things that you currently don’t have but you want. Like a million dollars.
- Now, go back and list 10 things that you want but you already have.
- This could be things like a strong body, a TV, favorite video game, favorite pair of pants, and so on.
- Last, recognize that a shift was made in thinking, and commit to thinking from a grateful mind frame.
Compliment and Grateful Time
- This is easy and has had a HUGE impact on some of our foster kids.
- Take turns giving or getting a compliment.
- Everyone gets to choose whether the give or get one. If you don’t want to give one, simply get one, or vice versa.
- After each compliment, the person who chose to get or give a compliment states one thing that they are grateful for.
- Go through everyone in the family.
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Until next time!
Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents