Intentional Gratitude: Thankful Conversation Starters

With Halloween on the horizon and the holiday season gearing into action, it’s easy to lose sight of the everyday moments, the ones that make us smile and remind us of how fortunate we are. In an effort to be more conscious and thankful this holiday season, I devised a simple way to remind myself and my family of our blessings.

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On small strips of paper I wrote conversation starters. They all began with the phrase, “a time you were thankful for…” followed by a different prompt such as, “home, Mom, Dad, being a sister, bad weather, etc”. I filled a vase with the prompts and placed them on the dinner table. While we had a meal we each chose one. A simple act but one that made us remember just how fortunate we are—how much gratitude resides in our home.

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This activity is perfect for the holidays, or any time you need a gentle reminder of how blessed your life truly is.


6 Comments on Intentional Gratitude: Thankful Conversation Starters

  1. aimee
    October 18, 2013 at 12:48 am (4 years ago)

    love this idea! thank you for sharing it. Found you through I am a new local blogger….loveyour style. – aimee

    • roxannestellmacher
      October 18, 2013 at 3:12 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Aimee! Sacbloggers is such a great community. Best of luck with you new blog!

  2. Elizabeth K.
    October 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely idea!

  3. Tiffany Concklin
    October 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm (4 years ago)

    A practice worth keeping!! It’s amazing how gratitude changes your perspective! Way to go MOM!!! Check out the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp….. It’s a read I keep close by that is
    full of treasures for the heart! Do we dare(can we) to live fully…..right where we are? A great book for NOW…

  4. Susannah
    November 6, 2014 at 7:30 am (3 years ago)

    I love this idea! I’m looking for something different to do this year and I’d love to use your idea. Would you mind sharing the other phrases you used?

    • roxannestellmacher
      November 6, 2014 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Susannah! All of the gratitude prompts started with, “A time you were thankful for…” and then I listed a number of different options. Some were specific to my family, for instance, “your sister”, as I only have daughters, but others were much more generic, such as “a time of bad weather”. Here are a few other examples:
      -your mom/dad
      -being late
      -a bathroom (I threw in a few funny ones for the kiddos)
      -a pen
      -burnt dinner
      Really, you could throw out any number of examples as they make the people reading them have to come up with a story that explains their reasoning, and it’s the story that builds connections. Hope you have as much fun with it as we did!


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