Gratitude Starts in the Family
Being grateful – sounds simple yet many of us never really fully embrace it. Why so? Our selfish head sometimes rear up unknowingly, as we fight to protect our fragile egos, in the guise of that when we are being selfish, we are not doing for ourselves, but for the loved ones around us.
So what is really gratitude? It’s not just about saying thank you – because there is just a fleeting moment. It’s more than feeling thankful for something. It’s about a deeper appreciation for someone or something, and creates a longer lasting positivity in your life.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
According to Robert Emmons, a leading scientific expert on gratitude, his studies have shown that gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds and our relationships.
And the best way to cultivate gratitude? You can simply start from home, with your family. And that’s what we at The Golden Space set out to do – to create a spark to start family conversations around gratitude at the recent Rise and Shine festival in Singapore. It was our first time participating in Singapore’s leading parenting and baby fair, and we were so proud and happy to be part of the festivities.
We designed a Gratitude Tree for Parents and a Gratitude Tree for Kids at our booth, for parents and children to express their love and gratefulness to each other in little sticky notes which they stuck to the tree.
At the end of day one at the fair, we collected many colorful messages full of love and gratitude:
And at the end of day 3 at the close of the fair, this was what the Gratitude Trees look like:
The trees were all covered up with so many loving messages!
We are so glad that our gratitude initiative was so well received by both parents and children. Indeed, if you are a parent, you can lead by example too! It’s time now to practice gratitude in your daily life and your child and family members will benefit by learning to grow gratitude in their lives too.