My favorite thing about writing on The Grateful Life is how it has allowed me to connect with folks around the world on some of my favorite topics; love, life, relationships, faith, kindness and of course, gratitude.
When Heather reached out to me asking for tips on how to get her Kickstarter project of creating a children's book on gratitude off the ground, I immediately pitched in to help make this great idea happen. Kids + reading + gratitude education? Seriously, no brainer. Count me in!
Heather shares a bit of her story, here:
"A year ago I was inspired to change my life.
Before last year I had never heard of cultivating gratitude, having an attitude of gratitude, or keeping a gratitude journal. Positive Psychology was a new idea for me, but instantly I wanted to live a life focused on the positive. I wanted to be a more grateful person.
I started My Gratitude Journals because I wanted a keepsake gratitude journal for my daughter. I felt that we were spending a lot of quality time talking and writing about gratitude and I wanted to treasure her entries in a cute journal just for her grateful moments.
My daughter is five and she loves drawing in her keepsake gratitude journal. She looks forward to the time we spend writing in our journals and reflecting on blessings.
To help my daughter learn more about being grateful I created a lift-the-flap board book called “My Grateful Day”. I was inspired by UC Davis Professor Robert Emmons book, “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier”, where he suggested looking at life through a lens of gifts and giftedness.
I believe my daughter is becoming more aware of what others are doing for her and I think that by practicing gratitude together and reading books about being grateful together has made our time together so much more meaningful.
I am thankful for Tricia sharing her gratitude in this blog and I appreciate her years of dedication to storing up such positive moments."
Congrats, Heather, on publishing your first children's book!! Your message is so lovely and authentic--your children are lucky to have a Mama like you who helps them learn to cultivate gratitude every day. There is hope for our future generations, yet!
I think I speak for all Grateful Lifers in saying we wish you and your family all the best!
love and light,