How to Teach our Children about Compassion and Gratitude

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” - Rumi

Taking the time each day to practice feeling compassion and gratitude lifts our mood and helps us to live life authentically from our hearts. When we start to make this a daily practice, everyone around us is affected positively. Others will become inspired by the beautiful way that you are experiencing the world. The children in your life will see their parents and loved ones reacting to stress from a centered place, making kind choices and feeling grateful for what is positive. The most powerful way to teach these values to our children is to practice them ourselves, to truly live it ourselves. Invite time to practice compassion and gratitude in each moment.

Here is a list full of simple but powerful acts of kindness and gratitude that children and families can do together-

  • Smile at everyone you see today

  • Hug your sibling and tell them what you like about them the most

  • Ask your neighbors if they need help with something

  • Make a card telling someone what they mean to you and mail it

  • Draw a picture of a peaceful place and give it to a friend

  • Make a meal or dessert together as a family and give half of it to someone else

  • At dinner go around the table and say one thing you appreciate about each person

  • Do a household chore without being asked

  • Write a happy message/draw a happy picture on a sidewalk with chalk

  • Paint hearts on rocks and place them outside in places where people will see them

  • Cut out 6 hearts and give them to 6 people you love

  • Go for a walk and pick up any trash that you find along the way

  • Leave a flower on someone's doorstep

  • Make a bird feeder and put it outside

  • Make a wish with all of your heart for someone you know

  • Make a wish with all of your heart for someone you don’t know

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