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Giving Thanks: Resources for a Mindful Holiday

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Each year in November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a time for expressing gratitude and connecting with family and friends. Cultures all over the world share similar rituals for coming together, sharing a meal, and appreciating the good things in life.

Gratitude is an important part of Mind Yeti’s approach to mindfulness with kids. We offer a number of resources that can help you make mindfulness a part of your Thanksgiving celebration.

Listen to one of our free guided audio sessions as a class or as a family

Mind Yeti offers two free sessions focused on gratitude. Kids and the adults in their lives can listen to and reflect on the lessons provided to become more aware of the things they’re thankful for. Try listening to one or both of these sessions together as a family before the Hubbub of the holiday begins.

Talk with children about gratitude

After playing a Mind Yeti session with your family or with your class, give everyone in the room the opportunity to share what they thought about when they were asked to remember something that made them happy. Remind everyone that it’s possible to feel gratitude for big things and for very small things. Go around the table or the classroom and say “thank you” out loud to each person’s happy memory.

Then, ask the group to share with you how they feel. What happens to their mood when they imagine something that makes them happy? How does it feel to silently say “thank you”? Remind kids and adults that being grateful can put you in a better mood, help you settle the Hubbub, and help you feel more connected to the world around you. Anytime you or the kids in your life want to get in a better mood or settle down, you can take a moment to think of something that makes you feel happy. Then, take a moment to say “thank you.”

Have a fun—but quiet—activity available when the holiday Hubbub gets overwhelming

Holidays can be overwhelming for kids and adults alike. Mindfulness sessions can help everyone connect, but sometimes we all need a little quiet time. According to an article in the Huffington Post, mindful coloring has recently been popularized for folks of all ages as a way to calm down, focus, and recharge. Print out this Mind Yeti Thanksgiving-themed coloring page and have it available—along with crayons, colored pencils, or markers—for your guests to use.

Download the Giving Thanks coloring page

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