Cultivating Gratitude

CULTIVATING GRATITUDE

 

 

Gratitude not only feels good, but it is also good for our mind, body and soul. Feeling grateful on a regular basis can have a big impact in our lives.

 

Gratitude opens us up to new possibilities. It increases our ability to learn and make good decisions.

 

Positive emotions balance out negative emotions. People who often feel grateful are happier and less stressed.

 

Gratitude builds better relationships. When we feel and express heartfelt gratitude, it creates loving bonds, builds trust, and helps us feel closer.

 

Cultivating gratitude in ourselves and in our children is one of the keys to living a happier life.

 

Raising Grateful Children

 

"A grateful mindset is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children."

 

As parents, we are the most influential people in our children’s lives. Gratitude is not an inherent emotion. Gratitude is learned and nurtured through our daily actions and words.

 

“Grateful parents raise grateful children.”

 

We can vocalize the things we are grateful for by expressing thankful moments. Using thank you as a regular phrase helps others feel appreciated.

 

"Unexpressed gratitude can feel like ingratitude."

 

Having children write thank you notes for gifts or for an act of kindness is a great way to introduce a grateful mindset. Showing appreciation to others is one of the most important lessons we can teach our children.

 

Nothing shifts our perspective quite like being of service to others.  It is a great idea to nurture opportunities of service. Our children can deliver a meal to a neighbor, send a card or picture, or volunteer at our local school or church. Service to others will change the way they see the world around them.

 

Anything goes.

“There is great power in our words and actions.”

 

Parents can make a conscious effort to set aside uninterrupted time to talk with their children. It may be at mealtime, drive time, bath or bedtime.  Letting our children know what we are grateful for instills love and understanding.  In doing so, we encourage our children to communicate the same.

 

"Consistency and longevity are the key to promoting gratitude."

 

Contributing to family chores

is also a strategy to teach our children to be grateful.

Children will begin to understand that everyone in the family has a responsibility to help one another.

 

“IF YOU WANT TO FIND HAPPINESS, FIND GRATITUDE."

 

In Gratitude,

 

Dr. Atousa

Healthy Kids Care

at Sunrise Hospital

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