Sowing the seeds of gratitude when they are young
A number of attributes form the core of our well being – empathy, joy, forgiveness, love, appreciation compassion along with gratitude – perhaps the most important of all. While there may be a number of definitions of gratitude, the foundation lies in gratitude being a life-healing, uplifting human experience that shifts the curve of negativity to positivity. This is exactly what seems to be lacking in the world today – teaching the value of thankfulness to the younger generation.
Gratitude goes beyond good manners – it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. So how can we help our kids learn to live gratefully?
- Be a grateful parent
Its an invaluable exercise to tell our kids that we’re grateful not just to have them around – but their uncontrollable laughter, warm hugs and childlike banter. When we tell them what makes them special to us, their self-esteem is boosted for the right reasons
- Keep thank-you notes on hand
Sadly, sending handwritten thank-you notes seems to be a dying art. But it’s actually a perfect way to encourage kids to express gratitude – and as an added bonus, it can make your child’s day.
While it may be easy to teach our kids to just say the words ‘thank you’, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Think about it this way, by instilling these values – you’re making the world a better place for them to live in.
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