Today we made family gratitude banners. The banners have pockets for each family member, plus one for friends and extended family, and another for the universe. Each time someone thinks of something they are grateful for, they can jot it down and stick it in the appropriate pocket.
This serves us in many ways. For example, we can visit the banner and look in our pocket to read all of the ways we inspire gratitude in our family members and we can reread all of our own previously written notes of gratitude to remind ourselves how full our lives are and how much we have to be grateful for.
I don’t think I need to tell you how to sew this one. It’s definitely open for creative interpretation. You can get super fancy-la-fance or you can keep it super simple. Either way, the gratitudes expressed on a regular basis will totally transform your household.
Bernadette Noll is a freelance writer and the author of the book “Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy”. She lives in Austin, Tex., with her husband, Kenny, and her four children. Find her on Twitter @Slowfamilymama, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/slowfamilyliving . You can read more of her work at Slowfamilyliving.com and at bernadettenoll.net