“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” – A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh
For #thoughtful-thursday today, we are going to cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude’ – to focus on the things we have, rather than the things we don’t have. This is a helpful practice at the moment, when we might feel like we are missing out on many of the things we love – like seeing our friends and some of our family, learning at school, going to activity clubs and enjoying days out.
This week’s focus is Rest and Recovery – you’ve tried some stretches and movements to help your body feel at ease, made a quick & simple snack and tried some soothing breathing activities. Today you will spend some time with your positive thoughts – and try to find lots of things you are grateful for.
Below are three tasks for you to get involved in – 2 for everyone in the family, then one for your Health and Wellbeing Journal.
Task 1 – start today and try to keep this one going…
Everyday, each member of the family should write down something they feel thankful for that day on a piece of paper. Fold this up/place it in a special container – it could be a tin, a jar, even an old tissue box that you have decorated! Try to do this each day if possible. Set a date when you will open the container and share what each piece of paper says – this would be a lovely thing to do when you’re altogether sharing a meal maybe, or before you go to sleep at night.
Task 2 – Gratitude Topics…
On separate pieces of paper/lolli-sticks, write the following topics:
Food…family…birthdays…health…muscles and bones…taste…sight…smell…sports…books…teeth…technology…school…holidays…sleep…music…science…art…siblings… (you can add your own topics if you like)
Ask each member of the family to pick a slip of paper/lolli-stick with a topic on and have some thinking time. Then share one thing they are grateful for linked to that topic. Return the slip of paper/lolli-stick and use this as a regular game to play together.
You could keep a poster of all the things you are grateful for as a family, or draw pictures of those things to decorate your bedroom and remind you of what you’re thankful for.
Your Health and Wellbeing Journal entry today:
Describe three things you are grateful for today – explain why in as much detail as you wish…
- WHO are you grateful for?
- WHAT are you grateful for in nature?
- YOU – What are you grateful for about yourself?
If you wish to share any of the activities you have done here, then remember to use the hashtags #thoughtful-thursday and #childrenshealthproject when you share with your school online.
We are grateful for you taking part in this! Go to sleep tonight thinking of those positive things we have to feel thankful for.