Your family—however you define it. This activity works for all age groups.
Weekly Thanks, a simple activity for families to practice each week.
Research shows that feeling thankful can boost happiness by helping us feel more connected to other people, including our families, friends, and communities.
At least once a week at the dinner table, the bus stop, in the car—anywhere your family has a little time together.
1. Lead by example. Start by sharing whom you’re thankful for and why. This can be a general or specific statement about someone you are thankful for. It can be about someone you might not know very well or pay attention to often, or even about someone you don’t know who makes your life better or easier. Examples:“I’m thankful for your dad because he does the grocery shopping.” “I’m thankful for my friend Annie because she drove me to the mechanic today.” “I’m thankful for the bus driver who waited for me this morning.”“I’m thankful for the people who made this warm jacket.”
2. Share out. Have everyone go around and say whom they’re thankful for and why. It might be hard or awkward at first for kids, but it gets easier with practice.
3. Make it a habit. Decide when, where, and how Weekly Thanks works best for your family and make it a part of your routine. Is it while you’re setting the table for Sunday dinner? Waiting for the bus on Monday morning? Or when you’re all in the car? This will be different for every family, but the key is to stick with it! Like any routine, this will be most effective if you do it at a regular day or time.
Sources:Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York, NY: The Penguin Press.