Monday, 28 March 2011

Being grateful...

It's important to me that I raise children who are grateful for the many blessings in their lives.  There's a lot on the internet about raising grateful children.  For example, this article talks about the UC Davis Gratitude Research Project which found that people who are grateful report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress.

I had occasion to discuss this with Emily recently.  A very kind and thoughtful colleague bought her two beautiful books - How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers and A Child's Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll. 

Emily has enjoyed the books and I suggested that she make a "thank you" card for my colleague.  We put a painting which Emily had done earlier on the cover of the card and Emily wrote some of the words inside the card. 


It was a fun project and most importantly, Emily paused for a moment in her busy, activity-filled day to be grateful and thankful - that someone (who herself is very busy) had taken the time to think of her. 

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