With all that is happening in our world, it is important to take the time to practice gratitude for all we have. Results of many studies show the habit of gratitude has many health benefits both physical and mental.
Simple ways to help teach your child gratitude:
- Make it routine to ask your children what their “high” was for the day. Either at bedtime or during dinner everyone has to say one thing that went well that day. Remind them in the morning to look for their “high” that they are going to report that evening.
- Be a good role model of gratitude. Show your children how much you appreciate the positive things in your life. Loved ones, good food, good friends and beautiful weather. Your children are always watching you as a model for their behavior.
- Volunteer to help others. Look for ways in your community to volunteer, especially during the holidays. Donating gently used clothes, books and toys, delivering holiday meals, giving to the Salvation Army bell ringers.
- Encourage acts of gratitude. Saying thank you, writing thank you notes and recognizing kindness go a long way in making children aware of all the things they have to be thankful for.
Discuss with your children that having a home, food, family, health, clothes, shoes, electricity, clean water, school and transportation are all things to be thankful for! Things that we take for granted are things that many in the world wish for!