How to Teach Kids Gratitude

April 21, 2017

Being thankful for what we have can make a huge difference in our lives. We become a lot satisfied and it creates a peaceful environment. That is why it is important to teach our kids the attitude of gratitude. As early as their age, they will understand the significance of having manners and their behavior will be more disciplined. But, how does developing the sense of gratitude affect your kids?

  1. It gives positive emotions.
    • Having an appreciative character decreases stress and anxiety.
  2. It improves relationships.
    • They will be able to treat others with genuine respect and will do the acts of kindness. With that attitude, they will gain friends at school as well as being respected the same way. Grateful people also tend to be helpful, forgiving, and empathetic.
  3. It enhances quality of life.
    • Through gratitude they’ll attain experience, education and humility. Appreciating everything leads to contentment and knowing the value of life. And as the saying goes, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

After stating its benefits, you might be wondering how will you be able to teach your kids the sense of gratitude?

  1. Set a good example.
    • By simply practicing saying “thank you” at your home can be a big advantage in developing the habit of being grateful. Let them know that you are proud to have them and you appreciate them. It often boosts their self-esteem when they you say it and it inspires them to do good at all times.
  2. Keep a list of the things to be thankful for.
    • Make it a habit to them to list down all the things to be grateful for. They’ll be surprised how blessed they are.
  3. Encourage them do volunteer works.
    • Activities that support gratitude helps them realize how lucky they are and it inspires them to give to the less fortunate.
Source: Stewart, K. Teaching Kids the Importance of Gratitude. Everyday Health. Retrieved from http://www.everydayhealth.com/saying-thanks/teaching-kids-the-importance-of-gratitude.aspx.

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