NOVEMBER IS HERE!
SMELL THE PUMPKIN SPICE IN THE AIR?
NOVEMBER SIGNALS PINTEREST BOARDS AND BLOG POSTS ABOUT “HOW TO TEACH GRATITUDE” TO YOUR KIDS. THERE WILL BE TIPS, LISTS AND CRAFTY, CREATIVE SUGGESTIONS. WHILE THE "HOW" PART IS IMPORTANT, SMALL CHANGE IS FAR MORE INTERESTED IN THE "WHY."
In the end, teaching kids WHY gratitude is important will ultimately lead to truly embracing the attitude of thankfulness. There are age-appropriate ways to talk & model this, which we'll share about in our next post.
GRATEFUL PEOPLE ARE HEALTHIER PEOPLE
Science links gratitude to an increase in happiness. According to Berkley professor Dr. Robert Emmons, gratitude is linked to an increase in satisfaction, self-esteem, hope, empathy and optimism. Gratitude touches every aspect of your child’s physical, psychological and social development.
GRATEFUL PEOPLE ARE POISED FOR BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
At its core, gratitude is a social thing. Dr. Emmons says, "it’s a relationship strengthening emotion because gratitude requires you to get beyond yourself and see the goodness that flows from others." Grateful people are better workers, better friends and later, better spouses.
GRATEFUL PEOPLE MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE
There’s no denying the current wave of entitlement sweeping kids up. What better way to stem the tide than to teach kids to move beyond a self-centered view of life? Gratitude is the antidote to a culture sick on materialism and impatience. It reshapes how you view people and things.
Instilling a spirit of gratitude goes beyond please and thank-you. We believe Thanksgiving is a more than just a holiday. It's a way to live.