While the practice of gratitude is simple at its core, it’s easy to get stuck or even feel like gratitude can be a chore. These 10 gratitude games will help you to put the fun back into your gratitude practice. These activities can be played with the entire family, and are a great way to teach kids the amazing power of gratitude. Let’s have some fun!
Gratitude is freakin AWESOME! There. I said it. I feel like I should shout it from the rooftop. It literally transformed my life. And if you have a consistent gratitude practice, you know what I’m talking about.
But here’s the thing.
Whether you are an old-time gratitude junkie like myself, or if you are new to your gratitude practice and are just starting out, sometimes gratitude can seem a bit daunting. It’s the simple act of being thankful but it’s soooo much more!
Gratitude may seem deep or heavy, but it’s meant to be light. And even fun.
These are 10 gratitude games that you can play by yourself, with your family, and even teach the kids. They are designed to be simple and easy and with minimal effort. If your practice needs a little boost, these gratitude activities are sure to put a smile on your face.
PS – before we begin, if you want a quick refresher on the science, READ: The Science Behind Gratitude.
10 Gratitude Games for the Entire Family
1. Send Positive Vibes
When you are out and about, anytime you see someone, IMAGINE sending them love, happiness, joy, or a blessing. Basically, you are mentally sending them positive vibes. You don’t even have to say anything out loud, and you don’t need to approach them or say anything in person. Just think of the word or phrase and then “send” it to them. I like to mix it up with some of the following:
- God’s blessings
- Health and healing
- Peace be with you
2. One Mindful Meal
It’s easy to be busy and rushed, especially at mealtime. Make a commitment to enjoy one mindful meal a day. Start your meal with grace or a blessing. If you are by yourself, this is your time to turn everything off and just focus on enjoying your meal and your surroundings. Bonus points if you can take it outside or eat somewhere with a nice view. With your family, institute a “no electronics” policy at the table. Take turns saying what you are grateful for or something positive about your day or each other.
3. A-Z Gratitudes
This is another fun gratitude game to do around the dinner table. You can play by yourself or with your family. It’s even a fun road trip game. Start with the letter A and go through the alphabet by saying something you are grateful for that begins with each letter.
4. Gratitude Jar
Your gratitude jar can be any type of empty jar or container. You can keep it as-is or decorate it. Cut up a piece of paper into small pieces that are still big enough to write on. Every day, write a gratitude on the piece of paper and send a blessing as you place it in the jar.
5. Gratitude Rock
Mamma Fortitude called hers a “Worry Stone.” She had a rock that she found on the beach and kept it with her. Anytime she felt worried or needed a little boost, she would just rub it and it reminded her of her happy place on the beach. It doesn’t have to be a special rock or stone. Any will do. Carry it in your pocket or keep it on your desk. As you notice it throughout the day, say your gratitudes.
6. Meal Time Gratitudes
During dinner time, take turns saying what you are grateful for from that day. If you have a competitive family, have one person keep score of the total number of gratitudes and try to beat your score each meal.
7. Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of things outside or around the house that you are grateful for, and then take a photo of each item as you find it. This can also be a fun seasonal game during spring or summer, and around the holidays.
8. Learn How to Say Thank You in Different Languages
Make Mr. Google your friend (check out howtopronounce.com) and pick as many different languages as you can find. Here are a few to get you started along with my humble attempt to help with the pronunciation.
Arabic – shukraan – shuk-RAAN
French – Merci – MARE-see
German – Danke – DAN-ke
Italian – Grazie – GRAT-zee
Japanese – arigatou – Ari-GOT-toe
Mandarin – xiexie – xiexie
Russian – Spasibo – SPA-si-bo
Spanish – Gracias – GRAAS-si-as
9. Category First and Last Letters
If you can figure out a better title for this game, please let me know! Pick a category. Any category. It can be something like “Home” or seasonal like “Summer” or “Christmas.” Bonus points if you do this for and with a loved one with their name. Start with your category name. For example sake, I’m going to use “Summer.” Take the LAST letter of your category. In this case, “R.” Say something that begins with the letter R that you are grateful for that relates to summer. And then take the LAST letter of that word and continue on until you run out.
Pro Tip – You are going to want to plural the word because it fits in the way you would say it. But then every word is going to begin with S. So just singular each word.
Here’s what the summer example would look like. I’m grateful for…
Nighttime baseball gamE
Explore new towN
10. Dice Game
Roll a dice. Whatever number comes up, say that many things you are grateful for.
See what I mean? Easy peezy gratitude breezy.
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