In the upcoming holidays, many of us have intentions to create an atmosphere of gratitude in our home. However, creating authentic conversation about generosity during the busyness of the season does not always occur easily.
The first step often begins simply by making space. As hard as it can be, make it a point to gather your family and set the expectation for the desire to talk through these topics. Setting clear intentions of gratitude and generosity can develop a strong foundation for your family to thrive from, even in the midst of a fast-paced, always-wanting-more culture.
Especially as you navigate the differences of generational communication, it is important as you create space for conversations that you are clear that conversations means all are welcome to contribute. Invite ideas, big dreams, and even be willing to hear about hurts or needs that should be met. When your family gathers around a common purpose, it builds unity. We all want to make a difference, and it feels even better to do it in community.
Start the conversation
The next step to these conversations on gratitude is to guide the conversation. Here are a few easy conversation starters that may help launch you into further discussion:
- Can you remember a time you received something that you didn’t deserve? How did that make you feel?
- Who is the most generous person you know? What makes them that way?
- “To give is to receive”. What does this quote mean to you? Do you think it’s true?
- If you could write the last check needed to solve a problem in the world, what would you solve? Why is that important to you?
- Do you typically think you have more than you need, less than you need or exactly what you need?
These are just a few examples of ways you can generate organic conversation around generosity. Remember, generosity is often caught not taught. By sharing your own experiences and modeling a charitable lifestyle to your children, you invite your family into a legacy of gratitude and giving. Being aware of these small mindful acts, can leave a lasting impact on your entire family.
Don’t let the conversations end there though. Make sure to end those conversations with the next action you all want to take together. Whether you need to dig further into the common values you want to pursue, or maybe you want to create a giving plan together, set a plan for how you will follow through.