Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is essential for children because gratitude is transformational. While commercials often highlight what it is a child doesn’t have but should want, gratitude makes them realize that there’s not a single thing more that they need. A new toy or clothing item won’t add true value to their lives.
Gratitude is more than just appreciating what we have, but not hungering for more. Being grateful causes a positivity domino effect. When a child starts realizing what they already have to be grateful for, they naturally find even more reasons to be grateful. Their heart feels full and overflows with abundance. Gratitude is the food a soul craves. With intention, we can raise children that have attitudes full of gratitude. Instead of just being grateful for the obvious reasons, they learn to become grateful for those everyday moments that can be easily overlooked, like having a hot meal to eat or being able to use their senses to experience life. Their moments become full of wonder and true joy. Their journey of life is reshaped into a truly fulfilling experience.
Studies have shown that gratitude has many incredible benefits. Some of which are it:
Improves physical health
Improves psychological health
Increases empathy while reducing aggression
Increases mental strength
Provides a happiness that actually lasts
There are many simple daily activities that you can help foster a sense of gratitude in your child
So, why not choose gratitude?