A Time For Gratitude

In Lola Shreveport by Lola Magazine

It’s no secret that shifting our focus to what we’re thankful for can lead to huge benefits in mental health. It may sound a bit silly, but the results are significant and measurable. The biggest changes happen when you write down what you’re thankful for, and when it becomes a regular habit for you. Here we share three sources for more information on this magical-sounding shift in perspective, along with easy ways to start your own gratitude practice. The best news? It doesn’t have to cost a thing!

An Antidote to Dissatisfaction – Kurzgesagt

This youtube episode is one of many topics this channel has distilled down “in a nutshell” to explain difficult concepts to audiences of all ages. It’s short and kid-friendly!

Reasons to be Grateful – The Happiness Lab

Start with this episode of Yale professor and host Dr. Laurie Santos’ podcast series to learn the best techniques and reasons why — according to evidence based science — a gratitude practice is beneficial for everyone.

The Little Book of Gratitude – Robert A Emmons Phd

Short, simple, and easy to follow, this book is one of the best jumping off points for those who are serious about improving their mental health, and creating a positive ripple effect. Written by gratitude expert, Dr. Robert A Emmons, it also includes an 8-week gratitude plan.

Write it Down Make it a Habit

  1. Pocket Sized Notepad Keep one of these on hand in your purse or the car to jot down what you’re grateful for on the go.
  2. Index Cards 3×5 cards are cheap and easy to manage. Hand one to each family member to note their own feelings of gratitude at the moment.
  3. Fall leaves Collect and write a word on each as you notice what you’re grateful for.
  4. Journal A gratitude journal makes a wonderful gift for friends of any age. Purchase this one at  shop-us.kurzgesagt.org

  5. Christmas Ornaments Made from paper, gift wrap, fabric, or wood.

  6. Pumpkins Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for adding one word per day – splurge on the fancy metallic marker for this one.

  7. Acorns Pecans and other tiny pieces of nature can collect many thanks when you write one word on each.

  8. Popsicle Sticks Kid friendly!