Gratitude increases our connections on a biological level.
Gratitude increases our connections on a biological level.

                                             Issue 17  

"Practice gratitude to honor what’s ordinary about our lives, because that is what’s truly extraordinary." —Brené Brown
Setting the Table for Gratitude
Gratitude is an age-old discipline that connects us to those around us regardless of our feelings at the present moment. Neuroscientists agree that gratitude increases our connections on a biological level.
Dr. Susan Ferguson from the Center for Integrative Brain Research says, “When we feel gratitude, the brain produces oxytocin, a hormone important to bonding. It’s the same hormone that mothers release after birth and is found in breast milk. That feeling of thankfulness helps humans stay close to each other.”
Collecting & Reflecting
No matter your child’s age, caregivers can practice and model gratitude along with them.

Caregiver Reflections

How does gratitude show up in your life as an adult?
Reflecting on how it may be similar or different to when you were a child is one way of setting the table for gratitude.
Games & Rituals
Gratitude is a skill that takes practice. Explore these games and rituals for connecting with those we appreciate.
Commitment to Early Childhood Education
Executive Director, Ruth G. Shelly recently wrote about the Museum's commitment to early childhood education in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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