JUNIOR DEPARTMENT NEWS
‘Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.’ A.A. Milne
With shorter days, darker evenings and wet and windy weather, November can be quite a difficult month where we might find our outlook and feelings taking a downward turn. I was delighted then, when I came across a thirty-day gratitude challenge by @positivelypresent on Instagram. Each day they challenge you to find something to be grateful for related to the following categories.
An attitude of gratitude can have a significant positive influence on our physical and mental health, but like other healthy habits, even though we know it’s good for us, we often struggle to practice it consistently. Deciding to practice gratitude is a commitment to do it even when we don’t feel like it. Gratitude is easy when things are going well, but when problems are piling up, the world seems to be falling apart, and we don’t know how we’re going to get through the day, it’s hard to feel grateful. This is where a gratitude journal or a gratitude list might help us. Keeping a journal or visible list of all of the things you are thankful for can help you keep track of and refer back to the positives in your life when you are feeling low. Here are a few prompts to get you started and if you would like more then click on the link below:
- What’s something that you’re looking forward to?
- What’s a simple pleasure that you’re grateful for?
- What’s something that you are grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?
- Write about a happy memory.
- Write about someplace you’ve been that you’re grateful for.
- What’s something about your body or health that you’re grateful for?
- Open the door or window and look outside. What’s something you’re grateful for outside?
- What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
With young children we can start this habit early by asking them to tell us 3 good things about their day and focusing on what they enjoyed and made them happy. That is not to say that we don’t acknowledge and support them when they feel other emotions but rather help to learn to look for the good amongst it all.
Have a lovely weekend.
Junior Department Christmas Productions
We are all busy rehearsing for our Christmas Productions.
The dates of these are:
Reception – Thursday 1 December @ 0900
Year 1 – Tuesday 6 December @ 0900
Year 2 – Wednesday 7 December @ 0900
After drop off on these dates you are warmly invited for a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie in the Junior Hall while you wait.
A link to the Google doc for tickets will be in the newsletter next week so look out for that.