Cultivating an

attitude of gratitude

in your family

Having an attitude of gratitude can be life-changing. They say being purposefully grateful daily increases your dopamine levels in your brain and creates the need for your brain to have more… so in effect the more you are grateful the more you’ll find things to be grateful for! 

I read an anonymous quote the other day that made the penny drop for me: “It is not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness” 

1. Make a “Family Grateful Tree” Draw an outline of a tree on a large sheet of paper. Get some leafy coloured paper and cut out shapes of leaves. Have the kids write what they are grateful for on the leaves and stick them on the tree. Examples to get them going: food, friends, family, Jesu, health etc.

2. Share a meal of gratitude: Share a meal as a family and take turns going around the table listing things you are grateful for in your family. Example: Mum’s cooking, Dad attending sporting events, my sister’s smile.

3. Take on the 7-day family scripture challenge. Read a different scripture on gratitude together as a family each morning. See if you can memorize it by the end of the day!

  • DAY 1: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • DAY 2: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118
  • DAY 3: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
  • DAY 4: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
  • DAY 5: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
  • DAY 6: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • DAY 7: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6

4. Share some gratitude cards. Get out your craft boxes and make some cards to give to friends/ neighbours and family. (or you can buy some thank you cards too!) Share a short message inside on why you are grateful for them. Children can make cards for teachers and friends, parents can write cards for friends and neighbours.


At Faith4Families our heart is to equip and empower parents to build faith and resilience in the next generation. We know that grateful hearts and attitudes can change the lives of individuals and families. We’re here to help and have some great resources specially made for parents with busy lives and schedules. Faith Box sessions take 30min a week and I can guarantee your 5-12-year-olds will LOVE it! For the older kids try our Faith Talk Trigger Cards – great topics of faith that are sure to get your teens talking.  





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Faith Talk Trigger Cards

Want to have great God-centred conversations with your kids and teens?

It’s easy with these Faith Talk Triggers! 40-42 conversation starter topics from temptation to peer pressure, reputation to pollution. Keep the line of communication open and enjoy hearing your kids chew on these topics! Each pack is identical & contains 40 conversation cards. You’ll love how these cards get the kids talking – and how their spiritual understanding will grow – one topic and a time! Great for the dinner table, the bach or the beach!