Gratitude is something we're better off cultivating every day of the year. Teaching our kids to do the same is a wise parenting practice, for a number of reasons. It goes way deeper than just having good manners. Having gratitude provides some built-in benefits, three of which we'll share below.
3 Reasons to Encourage Gratitude in Your Kids:
1. They'll Feel Better. Gratitude has been shown to have both immediate and long-term effects on positive psychological functioning. (Froh, Sefick, & Emmons, 2008)
2. They'll Be Less Greedy. People with gratitude tended to be less tied to materialism. (Lambert, Fincham, Stillman, & Dean, 2009)
3. They'll Be Happier. Gratitude was associated with happiness among older children. It behooves parents to help their children develop this character strength. (Park & Peterson, 2006)
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What are you thankful for?
Froh, J. J., Sefick, W. J., & Emmons, R. A. (2008). Counting blessings in early adolescents: An experimental study of gratitude and subjective well-being. Journal of School Psychology, 46(2), 213–233. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2007.03.005