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Ride the Gratitude Spiral!

We parents, in this time in history and in this American culture, care very much about our children's overall life satisfaction. This, in itself, is one of the things for which I am grateful--it hasn't always been this way. In most time periods and places, parents might be too busy worrying about whether half of their children might even survive until their (probably short) adulthoods. Many of our ancestors were so concerned with meeting basic physical needs and making sure all the little hands had a job to do on the farm that they didn't have much opportunity to even consider the remote possibility of a child growing up to enjoy many decades of fulfilled happiness and contentment.

Here and now, happiness over a long lifespan is a top goal for most parents. I am grateful simply to be alive in a time and place that allows us to share this common goal. I am grateful for the challenge of setting a foundation for my child of fulfillment that can last up to a hundred years, long after I am gone.

Research has shown that gratitude is the number one quality we parents can nurture in our children to determine their satisfaction in life--and it also tells us that fostering gratitude in children is easy to do!

First, Eastern Washington University psychology professor Philip Watkins warns us that "It's not what parents want to hear, but you cannot give your kids something that you yourselves do not have." So the first step in nurturing gratitude in our children is exercising it in ourselves so that we can lead by example. With this in mind, I am challenging myself to ride the gratitude spiral for the month of November, writing down (and declaring to the world via social media) one thing for which I am grateful every day. And I invite you to ride with me!

In the comments, post a link to the profiles that you will use during this month to post your own reasons for gratitude, so I and others can follow along! Or, if you don't use social media, feel free to leave them in the comments under this blog post.

If you would like to follow my spiral, join me on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook (please use the "Follow" button). I also have a few Ello invites for anyone who would like to give it a spin and hasn't already. Send me your email address if you would like one.

Gratitude for your company along the journey!

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