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Putting the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

Updated: May 8, 2023

Have you ever attended a thanksgiving dinner where guests around the table were asked to share what they were most thankful for? This is a common Thanksgiving tradition, but thankfulness shouldn’t be relegated only to the Thanksgiving holiday. It isn’t always easy to conjure up feelings of gratitude, especially during difficult times. Nevertheless, cultivating an attitude of thankfulness and happiness has been scientifically proven to improve our physical and emotional well-being. Since the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, we at Children’s Wellness Center wanted to share our top tips for nurturing a spirit of gratitude in our children all year long.

Focus on the Positive Events:

Many different things happen to us throughout our day, both good and bad. It can be easy to focus only on the negative, but take a few minutes each day to talk about at least one thing that went right. By creating this habit, you can teach your child that despite some not so nice things that they may experience, the good is what is worth focusing on. Even if that good event is as simple as being happily greeted by a pet or hearing a favorite song. Being thankful each day will help us create a positive outlook for each day going forward.

Focus on those You Love:

Positive events aren’t the only good we experience throughout our day. A lot of times, a positive thing is the result of a person in our life. It is always encouraging to realize that we have friends and family we can trust and feel safe around. So, spend some time being thankful for the people in your life who love you and make you feel safe. These strong bonds and relationships help us successfully navigate life’s difficult times. And always remember, there are people who are thankful for you.

“Pay it Forward:”

“Pay it forward” is a popular expression that encourages us to perform a kind act for another person because someone has performed a kind act toward us. Other times, we just do it just because we want to. When we do acts of kindness for others, we not only brighten someone’s day, but we also experience fulfillment. We won’t always know what trials a person is facing in their life, but performing a kind act toward people can change the trajectory of their whole day. You may never know the impact your kindness had, but it can change a life.

This year, there have been many things that we at Children’s Wellness Center are thankful for, but the most important thing to us is you, our patients. We are so grateful that you entrust us with the care of what you cherish most, your children. This isn’t a responsibility we take lightly. This is an honor to be chosen to care for your child’s health and well-being. We would not be here if it weren’t for our wonderful patients. So, this season, we want you to know how much we value you and how grateful we are to be granted the privilege of sharing in your child’s wellness journey. As always, we are here for you anytime, and feel free to call Children’s Wellness Center should you need any assistance. We wish you the greatest happiness and joy during the Thanksgiving season

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