There are countless instances in our day-to-day lives that bring us joy, yet often pass by without notice--things as simple as eating a piece of pumpkin pie or exchanging pleasantries with someone on the street. With November and the Thanksgiving season fast-approaching, there is no better time than the present to begin your daily gratitude practice.
Today I'm sharing with you how to create a Gratitude Chain with your family. A Gratitude Chain is a playful and visually impactful way to practice gratitude, especially with children. As you create your chain, try to notice new things that you are grateful for each time. This will help to deepen your gratitude practice by opening your consciousness to more opportunities for thankfulness
STEP 1: Prep Your Space
- Gather colorful paper, fancy pens, and tape.
- Set up a link-making station with pre-cut strips of paper, colorful pens, and tape.
- Choose a spot where your chain will live and grow for the next month.
Step 2: Set The Expectations
- Pull the family together and work collaboratively to create the "rules". Involving the whole family in this process ensures that everyone has buy-in right from the beginning. Our family keeps it very simple with the following two rules: 1) Fill out at least one link a day; and 2) Try to make them different each day.
- At this time you should also pick a start and end date. Our family will start on November 1st and end on Thanksgiving day.
Step 3: Building The Chain
- Every day, each family member will write on a pre-cut strip something they are feeling grateful for.
- Take the strip and loop it through the last link on the chain, making sure that the writing is on the inside of the loop.
- Attach the ends of the loop with tape.
Step 4: Share The Chain
- On the chosen end date, sit together as a family and read each link on the chain out loud. Our family will do this during Thanksgiving dinner, but you can choose any time that works for your family as long as you are together.
Wishing you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving season. I am grateful to be able to share this gratitude practice with you and your family.
Peace + Play