First Graders List of Gratitude

When I ask adults what they are grateful, sometimes they struggle. To help them, I usually give examples of simple things that we take for granted. Once a man said, “but they have been there all my life.”  He didn’t see the reason to count them as blessings. Many times we don’t realize extraordinariness of the ordinary experiences in our lives and feel the emptiness.

On the other hand, kids have an easier time. They are so cute and see the significance of simple blessings that surround us. I recently had the privilege of being with few first graders for 15 minutes.  I asked them; “let’s make a list of all the things we are grateful for until your teacher comes. She would be impressed.” I checked if they knew the meaning of the word grateful and they said it means thankful. Here’s the list they came up with the prompt:

TYAF {Thank you, Allah (God) For}.

  1. God

  2. dad – parents

  3. family

  4. Christmas presents

  5. Xbox

  6. Wii ( game)

  7. Legoland

  8. bowling alley

  9. eyes

  10. my little brother (brothers and sisters)

  11. brain

  12. prayers

  13. dog (pets)

  14. world

  15. food

  16. drinks (water and juice)

  17. legs

  18. arms/hands

  19. cars/trucks/buses

  20. teachers

  21. close

  22. shoes

  23. jackets

  24. bed

  25. house

  26. electricity

  27. blankets

  28. Ink/marker/board

  29. table/chairs

  30. forks/spoons/napkins/plates

Then they added their names to the list as they were thankful for themselves.

Inspiring!

Can you come up with at least three things you are grateful for every morning?

If you do, it will enhance your contentment in life. If you don’t practice some positive routine like this, you will be at risk of feeling stress and emptiness.

I have practiced gratitude journal myself for the last 14 years and seen it’s a positive impact on my life. I have witnessed its a powerful impact on the level of health and happiness of many clients who have adopted the practice. Now I am on a mission to help you enjoy its benefit too.

I encourage you to start your gratitude practice today.

If you don’t like to write in a journal, open the notes section on your phone and make an entry of 3 words you appreciate in life. It may take less than a minute but can make your whole day feel much more positive. If you like to write in a journal, my Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal may help you. I have packed it with prompts, inspiring quotes, and provoking ideas to help you immediately shift into a place of gratitude. Order copies for yourself, friends and family today. What could be a better gift this year than the ultimate tool for joy, peace, and contentment?

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Dedicated to your health and happiness.

 

Dr. Rozina Lakhani
Psychiatrist, Transformational Speaker, and Author of # 1 Bestselling book; “Stress to Joy.”

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