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November at Tempest is all about Gratitude 🙏🏽

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives.

5 ways we can show gratitude: Be present - show gratitude by showing up and paying attention. Put your phone away and open your ears. Smile - smiling is contagious in a good way! Spread happiness wherever you can. Give out compliments - make someone's day by complimenting anything about them. Write a thank you note - leave a note for someone if they've helped you out in any way. Volunteer your time - donate your time by helping with a local charity or assisting a neighbour. Here at Tempest, we make sure to remind the kids to show gratitude to the people in their lives, especially their parents/guardians. These people do so much for them so showing gratitude is essential. We make sure they realise how much their parents/guardians do for them daily. Small acknowledgements of appreciation really go far - this month we’ve emphasised the importance of them saying thank you to whoever drops them off and picks them up from martial arts. Saying something as simple as thank you is a great way to show appreciation and gratitude, so we make sure that the kids know this. Gratitude isn't just targeted towards family members; it can be towards friends and people who have helped you at some point. People can be thankful to life itself for all the good that it has brought. Having the kids think about all the good they've received helps them feel gratitude towards others. Some people don't feel gratitude because they don't realise how much has been given to them, and when this happens they tend to take what they have for granted. In order to feel gratitude, it sometimes takes someone else to put everything into perspective. We’re teaching our kids the importance of gratitude so they understand how much is given to them by others. We have them think about how they get to go to clubs and fun places, the games they have at home and the pets they have. We make sure they feel grateful for these things so they aren't taken for granted. Not everyone has the same living conditions, and a lot of kids don't realise this. They don't think of having a TV in their room as a luxury, they think it’s normal. But for others having a TV in their room is unheard of. Learning that not everyone lives the same way can be a humbling experience. Gratitude is extremely important. It gives us a positive mind set and saying something as simple as 'thank you' can make someone's day. Gratitude brings us closer to people along with giving us a great appreciation for the world and our lives. Having this positivity in our lives is what gives us motivation and drives us and our kids to do whatever we dream of. "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things"

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