How to Teach Attitude of Gratitude

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Teach Gratitude

Taken from Living Learning Loving, Insights and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood 

Gratitude is powerful. Recent research suggests that children who express gratitude are better adjusted and do better in school than those who do not. In The Wall Street Journal, Diana Kapp, reported that

Among a group of 122 elementary school kids taught a weeklong curriculum on concepts around giving, gratitude grew, according to a study published in 2014 in School Psychology Review. The heightened thankfulness translated into action: 44% of the kids in the curriculum opted to write thank-you notes when given the choice following a PTA presentation. In the control group, 25% wrote notes. Gratitude works like a muscle. Take time to recognize good fortune, and feelings of appreciation can increase.

You’ve probably heard about Gratitude Journals and the power of daily identifying situations for which to be grateful. It is much easier to think of those things that didn’t go as we would’ve liked. It’s easier to gripe and complain. I so wish I’d learned this lesson earlier in life. I’d have some of the energy that I spent fretting over things I couldn’t change back and could’ve used it for a much happier life.

When my children were unhappy to be living for the summer in a tiny apartment while I attended The University of Texas, I realized I must do something to shift the attitude or we were in for a long, hot summer. Each night at bedtime I asked them to tell three things they were thankful for. It became the “three thank you’s” and it turned their moods around. –from Living Learning Loving

A habit of gratitude is a terrific one to teach your children.

Gail smiling in purple suitI raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.

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