Nothing takes the sting out of tough interaction with your au pair than a moment of gratitude for all that s/he does for your and your family.
Studies show that regularly reflecting on things that are good and that you can be grateful for help to keep you in a more positive place, no matter what your au pair did with the car.
If you’re not always feeling generous enough to be grateful in the moment (and I am often not, I admit) it helps to have a daily practice of expressing gratitude.
Some time ago I tucked this into my “APM Ideas” file, and since it popped out while I was looking for another old post. I think that I was drawn in by the ideas of appreciating the whole community as well as individual actions.
And, in addition to these actions helping us individually feel goodness, each of these actions makes our home life a more loving place for all of us.
Five Actions of Gratitude
1. Say Thanks Everyday.
Appreciate the contributions that each person makes.
2. Give Back.
Serve the people and communities who have made a difference to you.
3. Make Welcome.
Practice hospitality of openness and opportunity for people to make a difference
4. Honor Others.
Honor people and communities for their contributions and examples.
5. Create Goodness.
Foster an environment for creating goodness, by taking initiative to create goodness yourself.