A Month of Gratitude

Happy November Girl Scouts! This month is a good time to reflect and remember everything we have to be grateful for. Gratitude is another word we can use, which means a readiness to show appreciation for something, and to return kindness. Since November is a month full of giving thanks and being reminded of everything and everyone we have, we have a special gratitude challenge for all of our Girl Scouts!

During hard times it can be easy to start feeling overwhelmed. Negative feelings can make it difficult see all of the positives in our life. Practicing gratitude can help us to remember the good things that we have, even when time are hard. Being grateful is a choice, and gratitude can help us to have a happier and kinder attitude.

As we go through November, try to check off everything on this Gratitude Challenge. There are many ways to practice gratitude, and we can do them all year long! One easy way to practice gratitude is a gratitude journal. Every day, you can write a list of three to ten things that you are grateful for. Another way to practice gratitude is by writing a letter of thanks to someone. One of the harder ways to practice gratitude could even be to take a challenge to go 21 days without complaining…do you think you could complete that challenge?

Remembering to be grateful for things that we usually take for granted is also a very important part of practicing gratitude. Things like having food to eat, or a bed to sleep in are things that we usually every day, but not everyone does. Remembering that we have the ability to go to school to learn, or that we get to be a part of a Girl Scout troop are things that we may not think of as particularly special all the time, but not everyone gets to have those experiences the way we do. Even things like having drinkable water, a running bathroom, pets, and toys to play with are all things that we often take for granted.

Now is the time to remember and take the time to be grateful for everything we have. Let us know what is on your gratitude list in the comments, and have fun with our November Gratitude Challenge!

5 Activities to Center Your Gratitude This Fall!

November is officially here and for many of us this month marks the beginning of the holiday season! Although many of our holiday plans may look different this year than they have in the past. We may not have the opportunities to connect with family and friends in the same ways. So it is important to keep in mind all the things we have to be thankful for and to practice gratitude with those around us!

Gratitude is being thankful for all the goodness in our lives. When we take the time to be grateful we are able to connect to those around us and acknowledge all the goodness in our lives. Research consistently shows that pausing to embrace gratitude allows people to feel positive emotions, appreciate good experiences, improves overall heath and aids in building strong relationships.

Keeping the importance of gratitude we wanted to give you some ideas to practice gratitude this holiday season!

  • Gratitude Pumpkin: A great activity that can be utilized all month long! All you will need is a pumpkin and a sharpie. You can write/draw something that you are thankful for each day on the pumpkin. At the end of the month you should have a pumpkin full of gratitude that will also serve as a perfect center piece for a holiday meal!
  • Gratitude Stones: Add your very own messages of gratitude to stones of all shapes and sizes! Afterwards these stones can be placed as reminders around the home, used as a holiday centerpiece, or placed outside for others to find. For this activity you will need rocks (large enough to paint on), paint, Modge Podge, and gratitude messages! Once you have the supplies just glue/paint your grateful messages on the rock and seal with a coat of modge podge.
  • Gratitude Tree: A great way to combine nature and gratitude! You will need sticks, pipe cleaners, a jar/vase, paper, string and a writing utensil. Start by creating a tree shape with your sticks, add pipe cleaners to hold it together and place it in your jar. Afterwards cut the paper in to leaf shapes and write messages of gratitude on each; you may also want to punch a hole in each leaf. Simply attach these leaves to your tree with string and your tree is ready! Gratitude trees make great holiday centerpieces!
  • Gratitude Scavenger Hunt: Scavenger hunts are always fun, but a gratitude scavenger hunt is fun with a purpose! This activity can be done all month, during a troop meeting, or at a holiday gathering. Make your own list or use ours.
  • Gratitude Conversation Starters: Talk to your loved ones about gratitude! Use these conversation starters around the table, before bedtime, to start a troop meeting, or wherever you find fit! If talking it out isn’t your thing- they could also be utilized as journal prompts. Make your own or use ours.

Whatever this holiday season brings for you, make sure to take time to acknowledge the goodness! We would love to hear what you are grateful for this holiday season.


Post by Gabby Dietrich