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Attitude of Gratitude

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Why limit ourselves to giving thanks on Thanksgiving day? Taking time out of each day to reflect on your blessings and be grateful actually makes you a happier person — and who doesn't want to be happy?

Family dinners are the perfect time to practice an attitude of gratitude.

Each time you sit down together, ask your family to share something that they are grateful for. It doesn't have to be huge — you can be grateful that you passed your math test — but taking time to talk about the good things keeps you focused on the positive. 

Encouraging yourself to find something positive to talk about keeps you from dwelling on the things you don't like. Plus, it gives you a chance to bond with your family and build strong relationships.

For a twist on this tradition, try focusing your gratitude on your family during dinner. Sure, your little brother can be annoying, but he did help you fix your computer this afternoon. And mom did pick up the supplies you need for your science project — so take time during the meal to thank your family for something they did that day.

Don't save your gratitude for just one day a year. Focus on the positive and say thank you every day, and who knows — dinner could end up being your favorite part of the day!​