November Family Night: A Grateful Family and Community Resources

Thanksgiving is a wonderful, delicious holiday.  There is no pressure of gift-giving, just a time set aside to eat a little too much, be with our loved ones and reflect on what we are thankful for.  Taking time to consider the good things that we have in our lives can give us that warm fuzzy feeling inside.   That feeling can (and should!) last all year long.  If your family doesn’t practice gratitude regularly, Thanksgiving can be a great time to kick-off making an attitude of gratitude part of your everyday life.

There is a lot of science behind the idea that expressing gratitude is good for you.  It can . . .

Strengthen your relationship with your partner

Help you feel better about yourself

Improve your physical and mental health

It’s good for your heart!

It’s worth-while to make gratitude a part of our family life and to teach it to children.  Studies show that while we can teach younger children children (under 7) to say “thank you”,  older children (over 7) are better able to make connections between gratitude and happiness.  This doesn’t mean that we should not work to raise grateful children.  It reinforces good manners and lays a framework for better understanding, appreciating, and reaping the benefits of gratitude as they get older.

Take time this November to say thanks and make practicing gratitude a part of your ever-day life!


Thanksgiving Resources In the Community:

Volunteering can be a great way to give back to your community and can teach children a lot about empathy and thankfulness.  Click here to see a volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities to donate your time.


If you or someone you know needs a little help with Thanksgiving this year, the following resources are available.

The Union Gospel Mission of the Twin Cities helps those looking for assistance. 

The Marie Sandvik Center offers annual sit-down Thanksgiving meals

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church offers a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00-2:30.

Cherokee Tavern Annual Thanksgiving Dinner


Central Baptist Church offers a community Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The Heights Church is offering a community Thanksgiving Feast on November 20th at 5:00 pm.  RSVP by contacting the church office.

The Fellowship Church is offering a community Thanksgiving dinner from 3:00-6:00 on Thanksgiving Day.  Register here at the website.


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