I always feel very convicted this time of the year—I know that I should be more grateful for what I have. It is very easy to take all that we have been blessed with for granted.
Can you relate?
We feel guilt because…
*We know there’s people throughout the world who would give anything to have what we have—shelter, food, loved ones, etc.
*Innately, we know gratitude helps us connect to others. Whether we are showing gratitude or receiving it, we feel supported and a sense of community…
In fact there’s research to support the latter. According to the article Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude:
In 2006, psychologists Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson conducted an analysis of parents’ descriptions of their children’s strengths—and found that gratitude had the strongest relationship to life satisfaction.
In fact the article takes it even further: gratitude determines adult success.
Recognizing the importance gratitude plays in our lives, we must instill an attitude of gratitude in our children.
- As parents, we need to model and intentionally teach gratitude. Our children are watching us. Are we thanking the checker at the grocery store? Are we sending notes or texts when a loved one gave us a gift? Are we doing something special out of the blue for someone who helps us out? That’s the modeling. The teaching is explicit. For example at Christmas, you might say: “Your grandma gave you such a thoughtful gift! What should we do for her to show appreciation?” Sometimes they will come up with ideas. Other times you may need to give suggestions and have them choose.
2. Spend quality time with your child. When we truly appreciate someone, we do our best to focus on them. Not being constantly tied to our phone is a start. Asking your child about their day and really getting to know them as a little person is also important.
3.Support your child’s autonomy/individuality. Be authoritative yet democratic in your parenting style. Help them become their best version of themselves. Provide opportunities for them to nurture talents and strengths. Limit all screen time, so your child’s energy can be channeled into developing other talents.
4. Help them discover ways to use their talents and strengths to show gratitude to others. Maybe they are very introspective writers. They may write a beautiful letter of appreciation to a friend. Maybe they love singing or playing a musical instrument, so they play a song as a “thank you” to a relative. Or, they could be crafty, and choose to create a token of their appreciation.
5.Focus on the intrinsic goals. Help them key in on how their heart feels. Do they feel warmth towards a person who helps them? Help them brainstorm ways to show appreciation as mentioned above. Once they show their appreciation, ask them how they feel about it? Focus more on those innate feelings than extrinsic things-physical things they may receive.
6. Encourage them to look for opportunities to help others. Teach them to kind and inclusive on the playground, to speak up if someone is being bullied, and to be the student their teacher and school staff can count on to make good choices.
7. Help your child discover what matters to them; a cause. Even as children, they can make a difference in their community. Maybe they want to donate their toys to a shelter. Maybe they have a passion for the environment, and they choose to recycle. Or, maybe there’s an elderly neighbor who needs help with yard work.
When parents and teachers apply strategies such as these, our children begin to form a sense of gratitude. Gratitude shouldn’t be seasonal. It should be something that is “caught” and “taught” explicitly. When children have a sense of gratitude, they feel supported and a sense of community. Thus, increasing their chances of living a fulfilling, successful adult life.
For 32 concrete, scientifically- based strategies for encouraging gratitude in children, check out the book:
This is the third blog post in our series about THE ONLY homeopathic, FDA registered HGH (human growth hormone) Gel on the market! The Gel has COMPLETELY transformed my life and the life of my husband Billy! We posted this FB Live 60 day progress report about 2 weeks ago. Honestly, I had thought twice about sharing it in the blog as we were a little distracted LOL. You will see why…… Hey, this is as real as it gets!
In case you don’t have about 18 minutes to view our FB Live, here is a cliff notes version of all the benefits we have experienced so far since beginning the Gel:
Heather: (43 years old, active, healthy)
Increased energy from the time I wake up about 15 minutes BEFORE my alarm clock goes off until my head hits the pillow at night.
Less flare ups from pinched nerve in my neck. (Pinched nerve is from being rear ended twice.)
Hormone balance-less PMS symptoms (even mood, less bloating). Less menstrual symptoms (less clots, less pain/minimal cramps. Don’t need to take prescription pain medication or even ibuprofen!)
Less water retention.
Increased muscle definition (though I’m working out less due to a busier schedule.)
Honeymoon phase is back! (Libido aka Gel-bido!)
Increased hair/nail growth.
Age spots are fading.
Billy: (46 years old, active, healthy)
Deeper sleep (and he’s snoring LESS! Yay, for me LOL).
Increased energy throughout the day. Increase stamina for workouts. (He’s running circles around our Labrador retriever LOL).
No brain frog.
Better muscle definition in arms and abs.
Now compare the benefits we are experiencing to the chart below….
We can’t even tell you how THRILLED we are with our results already! We can’t wait to see what’s next! We’ll keep you posted!!!
We can’t promise that you will experience the same benefits at the same pacing we have; however, we feel that this is too amazing of a product not to try!
You just never know!
By the way, if you would like any information about this safe, affordable, effective product, please comment with your email address, and I’ll send you some information. Also, if you’d like to hear the testimonials of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of women and men on the Gel, comment and let me know if you’re on Facebook. I can add you to the AMAZING testimonial pages!
In last week’s blog post, I shared about an amazing FDA registered product, THE HGH Gel, that has significantly helped my husband, Billy and me. The Gel has replaced COUNTLESS products that we were using to address a host of issues related to aging: fatigue, insomnia, hormone imbalance, and so much more! In fact, the Gel was formulated to address over 40 issues! I had planned to post our 60 day report on using the Gel in a video format, but I am having some challenges doing that. My hope is to get that figured out for next week’s blog post! The one good thing about postponing this blog post, is that I will have LOTS to share about the Gel as Billy and I are headed to a Gel conference this weekend! Please stay tuned!
As for this week’s blog post, I NEVER, EVER do this: I’m re-posting a blog post. This is worth revisiting as this is THE blog post that has received the most traction since I first published our blog. Interestingly, this blog post focuses on another life changing product…..
Are you a product collector?
Does your medicine cabinet look like CVS threw up in it?
(Not our actual medicine cabinet, but a representation)
As my husband Billy and I have grown older, we’ve required MULTIPLE products to address a host of issues: fatigue, insomnia, inflammation, tummy problems, poor mood, hormone imbalance, increased weight, etc.
Not to mention the superficial issues related to aging: wrinkles, age spots, cellulite….
We were spending HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS a month to feel our best, and the product line we used didn’t even touch the superficial stuff!
And, this previous product line kept adding new products: For optimal results, take these 4 products.
(By the way, “product layering” is quite common in the health and wellness industry. BE CAREFUL!)
Then we realized that we were going about things completely wrong!
We learned the reason we were experiencing poor sleep, fatigue, increased weight around the middle, etc. was most likely connected to our aging: SPECIFICALLY, OUR DECREASING LEVELS OF HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE (HGH).
Watch this Dr. Oz video explaining the role of HGH in the body….
We had been trying to treat age related issues WITH MULTIPLE “BAND-AIDS”!
We were thrilled to learn about A PRODUCT that literally goes to the source: the “mother hormone” (HGH), which is made within the pituitary gland!
THE GEL is in a category all by itself:
*One product with over 40 associated benefits
*It’s one of the few HOMEOPATHIC products that is FDA registered. That means our federal government carefully monitors its production to ensure THE GEL has everything in it that the label says that it has in it.
*It also provides Thyroid and Adrenal support.
*It has been on the market for 14 years, and it has NO reported negative side effects or drug interactions associated with it.
**News of THE GEL is spreading quickly!
*One of the top oncologist/hormone specialists on the East Coast sells THE GEL at his practice.
*The 2018 Emmy bag contained THE GEL!
*THE GEL testimonial pages on Facebook boast over 300,000 members with amazing testimonies and pictures of their results!
***Next week is our 60 day anniversary on THE GEL! Billy and I can’t wait to share in next week’s blog post all the amazing benefits we have been experiencing. To stay compliant, we can’t claim that you would experience the same benefits. However, you will never know unless you try it out! If you are interested in more information, comment on this blog post with your email address, and I can email it to you!
When you were young, what did you imagine your adult life would be like?
Does it resemble what you had hoped for?
Or, were you thrown some major curve balls?
Do you feel the sting of disappointment?
In your heart, you know that you have been abundantly blessed, but there was that one thing or maybe multiple things….
Every once in a while, you catch yourself crying.
Then you feel guilty.
“I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. I shouldn’t feel this way….” You tell yourself.
You push the emotions down deep and cover them with whatever positivity you can muster.
Did you know that it’s okay?
It’s okay to mourn for what you had hoped for.
I stumbled upon this Facebook meme posted by a good friend….
I needed this reminder, and I thought maybe some of my friends might too.
However, this isn’t just about the weeping for what we didn’t receive.
The second part of the message is even MORE important than the first part:
“Take a deep breath, continue to embrace the remaining journey of your life.”
It may not be easy, but it is what we must do….
As we enter this season of gratitude, I’ve decided to go back to journaling at least 3 things I am grateful for daily. I have a journal I need to break in….
One year, as a family, we brainstormed all the things we were thankful for, and we wrote them on a pumpkin. We kept it as a centerpiece on our dining room table so we could see it daily. It was a powerful visual reminder for us!
We also offer prayers of thanks as a family. It is so important we model an attitude of gratitude for our children!
What do you and your family do during this season to embrace an attitude of gratitude?
We’d love to hear!
How beautiful leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
I didn’t realize how ready I was for fall until….
Two weeks ago, I asked my husband Billy to pick up pumpkin spice creamer from our neighborhood market, and THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT!!!!
I guess I could have made this LOL….
I also keep trying to wear jeans to work LOL. Thankfully I have enough sense to dress in layers because in our neck of the woods, we are still having 90 plus degree weather!!!!
Fall is the unofficial kick off of the holiday season. Because seriously, before you know it, it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving’s a blur, and then we’re cramming in Christmas shopping LOL.
The fall season separates us into neat little categories: team apple cider vs. team pumpkin spice.
Or, those who go “all out” for Halloween, those who throw costumes together the night before, and those who turn the porch lights off, and retreat to the movies LOL.
Can you guess in which category we fall?
There is so much to love about the fall season. I always print up little bucket lists like this, which are fun to check off as a family….
By the start of fall, it seems kids’ sporting activities have quieted down allowing more time to socialize with other families. We really try to host as much as we can at this time since Christmas is flat out crazy!
One of our favorite things to do is outdoor family movie nights. We have a screen that we either rig to our arbor or attach to an inflatable “stand” so the audience can view from our lawn. We stock up on a variety of popcorn, candy, and mosquito bracelets LOL.
Here’s two fun guides about how to put on outdoor movie nights….
We hope this season is filled with memory making moments and reflections of the many blessings that abound in our lives!