10 Ways to Show Gratitude to your Family

happy familySamuel Johnson, esteemed 18th century English poet, wrote, “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.” It is important to show your family that you appreciate them. This can be done by creating and adding to your own family gratitude journal.

Most parents are continuously reminding their children to do their chores and clean their rooms.  They are so busy focusing on what their children do not do, that they forget what their children actually do for them.

On the other hand, most children compare their parents to other parents.  They feel as if they have a raw deal because their parents do not buy them the latest gadgets, toys, etc.  Children often forget to be grateful for what their parents actually do for them.

Here are 10 easy ways to show gratitude in your home:

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Record every simple loving gesture that your family does for each other in a gratitude journal.  This journal can be kept in a central place and any family member can add to it at any time.  Sharing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to increase the benefits of gratitude.

2. Do your share

Your family should not have to carry the entire work load while you lie on the couch.  Whatever your chores are, do them on time.  Family members feel appreciated when the little things, such as dishes being washed, are done.

3. Do extra when somebody in the family needs help

When a family member is sick or having problems, do their chore.  A wonderful way to add to the family gratitude journal is being supportive of the person who is unwell by taking care of their workload.  This is especially important for children. Children tend to think that as long as they do their own chores, they are doing fine.

4. Take care of your family member that is unwell

When a family member is unwell, be there for him or her.

  • Go and buy the necessary medication.
  • Make meals on a tray.
  • Keep him or her company if they need it.
  • See that the household continues to run smoothly.

5. Attend family get-togethers

Whether it is a sit down dinner, birthday party, wedding etc., you should always try to attend family functions.  There is no better way to show your gratitude for your family than by being there for their special occasions.  Many people never show up for the important events but then attend the funeral.  Understand that your family members want you there while they are still alive.

6. Remember important dates

People feel special and loved when you remember important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Keep a calendar with all the important dates on it so that you always remember to wish your family members.

7. Listen to your family

People do not feel as if they are important if you do not take time out to listen to what they have to say.  Family members often stop listening to each other.  Be sure to be attentive, no matter who in your family is talking, as you probably would like them to listen when you have something to say.

8. Laugh with your family not at them

It may not seem like a part of gratitude, but when you laugh with your family, you are expressing joy for having your family.  Families that can laugh together are grateful for their time spent together.  Also remember, there is a difference between laughing with your family and laughing at your family.

9. Arrange special treats for your family

Whether you take your family out for a picnic, a movie or show; a special treat for your family makes them feel as if you appreciate them.  Even children can plan special treats for their family, they can for instance, put together a concert for their parents.

10. Keep your word

Show your gratitude for your family by fulfilling your promises.  Children often say they will do chores later and never get round to them.  Fathers often stay out later than they said they would.  Mothers often spend more money on their clothing purchases than they should.  These are stereotypes and not applicable to all families, but always try your best to keep your promises to your family.


If you want your family to show more appreciation, create a gratitude journal to keep track of all the wonderful things your family does for each other.