Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie
Studies have shown that grateful children are happier and, as a result, have more success in life. They are able to deal with stress better and have a higher sense of self-worth. However, gratitude is not simply saying “thank you” but living every day appreciating all we have in life.
Ways you can help kids learn to be more grateful:
- Be a grateful parent. Tell them why you appreciate having them in your life.
- Model grateful behavior with other people in your life–friends, teachers, coaches, volunteers, etc. Say “thank you” sincerely and often.
- Encourage them to give of themselves. They’re more likely to appreciate all the blessings in their own lives.
- Help them find the rainbow in the clouds. When kids complain about a situation, guide them to finding the silver lining.
Gratitude is a central component of well-being and leads to comfort, health, and happiness. Teach your child gratitude, and you teach them to understand and share appreciation with everyone in their lives.
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