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Infectious Gratitude

An attitude of gratitude does not come naturally for most of us. It’s the same with our kids. Gratitude must be taught, but it also is something that is caught. This can be a real mirror moment for us as parents, especially if we tend to be the “glass is half empty types.” A grateful heart is so important to the life success of our kids, its imperative that we model this vital quality to them.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “count your blessings” but how often do you really take the time to do it. Counting your blessings is one sure way to develop a constant mind-set of gratitude, which can turn a mundane life into a miraculous life. Here’s an easy way that you can “infect” your family with gratitude. Each night, when you sit down for dinner, or a time during the day when your family is together, have each family member, Mom and Dad included, share one thing they are grateful for from their day. Keep a journal of the responses. Each day, each person must share something different than what they’ve shared before. It can be things as simple as “Bobby shared his chocolate chip cookie with me.” At the end of the week, review all the items that have been shared with the family. You’ll be amazed at how many things you have to be grateful for. This process will begin to shift your family’s focus from what they do not have to a grateful attitude for the many blessings that were right under their nose all the time.
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S. Courtney Lawson Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson recently hit two best-seller lists with the new business book, "Transform," co-authored with best-selling author and speaker Brian Tracy. Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy recently joined noted business development expert, best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, along with a select group of the world's leading experts, to co-author the book titled, Transform: The World's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. The book was released on September 18, 2014 by CelebrityPress™ - a leading business book publisher. On the day of release, Transform reached best-seller status in two categories - reaching as high as #6 in the "Direct Marketing" category. The book also reached best-seller status in the "Marketing and Small Business" category. Sandy contributed a chapter titled, "The Relationship Transformation...Taking Relationships From Terminal to Transformed." Sandy Lawson has over 30 years of experience partnering with her husband, Kip, in family ministry and outreach. She's had the privilege of serving on staff at three mega churches prior to Element Church. In addition, she and her husband also had the honor of building the bus ministry of the Oneighty Youth Group at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 400 riders weekly to nearly 1,500 riders each week. Her biggest joy is coaching people in their personal relationships and helping them reach their God-given potential. She and her husband have helped hundreds of couples turn failing marriages into happily-ever-afters, as well as assisting parents in their quest to create healthy thriving families. In their career, Sandy and her husband have been a major influence in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults around the world. Sandy is the mother of three, and the grandmother of eight wonderful grandkids. She and her husband have been married over 46 years. She is the author of a parenting book, "Parenting Through the Mirror" which explores the concept that great parenting must begin with personal transformation. She is also the author and illustrator of a children's geology book, "Iggy and the Volcano" that teaches kids the cycle of igneous rocks. Sandy is a freelance writer, speaker, blogger and was a major contributor to an internationally distributed children's curriculum. After such a successful release, Sandy Lawson will once again be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.

4 thoughts on “Infectious Gratitude

  1. This is great! Thanks for the idea….. It is so easy to fall into a “negative” mindset when it comes to what you don’t have and kids will mimic that attitude.. This will be a great teaching tool for not only them but us too…

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