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Focus on the Good - Practice Gratitude

"Change your thoughts and you change the world." - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Hope everyone is having a great week! It's important to remember that during this time, each week that passes will affect us differently. We will all have good days, and not so good days. We are all on different schedules, which can make things even trickier! In addition to showing yourself and other extra patience, love and kindness right now, it is also important that we are choosing (yes choosing!) to practice and express gratitude.

Gratitude is a continual celebration of life

Gratitude is the essence of genuine happiness and the magnet of joy. When we practice gratitude, we notice the good things in life and express appreciation. It brings us into a space of living in the moment and a mindframe in which we are open to the abundance within us and around us. It's okay to have hard days. But by choosing to focus on what we are grateful for, and all the good in our lives, we can drastically change the trajectory of our current situations.

This week, we hope we can encourage you and your family to focus on gratitude, instead of being weighed down by the difficult changes taking place around us.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. And remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to any of these activities.

In other exciting news, MYS is creating a Mino Ayaawin newsletter and will be looking for submissions from youth on an ongoing basis. Please send us photos of your creations (like art, short stories and poems) to be posted along with your first name and age. An "Ask Auntie" section in the newsletter will invite youth to submit quetions about life, our current situaiton - whatever's on your mind. Send your submissions directly to We'd also love to see photos of your completed activities and hear your suggestions for future kits and resources.

Additional Resources:

The Gratitude Tree - guided meditation for children

How to Talk to Your Kids About Gratitude

My Gratitude Jar - a video storybook by Kristen Weins

The Gratitude Graffiti Project

A Meal of Gratitude

A Picture for Myself - Art Activity

Gratitude Exercises

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Letter

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

I am Grateful for - Activity

What is a Gratitude Jar? - Activity