Having an Attitude For Gratitude

 In Behaviour, Communication, Development, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Happiness, Mindfulness, Positivity, Resilience

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Having an Attitude For Gratitude

Having an attitude for gratitude is so important as it can make such a big difference to our mental health, it makes us healthier and can even help us live longer. There are so many wonderful things to appreciate and be thankful for in our lives.

It can be easy to model and teach children gratitude:
• Simply spending quality time with them where they get 100% of your attention, without devices, will show them how important they are to you.
• Pointing out the small things you are grateful for, like that big hug you received from them today.
• Saying thank you to them for helping with chores – the one thing we can easily forget.
• Write thank you notes and leave them somewhere for them to find unexpectedly. I left a note for one of my boys in his football boot once – he was so embarrassed at the time but thanked me for it later as it gave him a boost of confidence. He also said it made him feel better that his friend had said ‘I wish my mum did that’.

Be firm, fun and fair. Not only are you supporting and helping them develop their autonomy, but you will help them develop their life skills.
Here are just a few ideas for practising acts of kindness and to be grateful for all that you have:
Helping others, Give to charity, Voluntary work.
The benefits are endless;
• It has been scientifically proven that it improves physical and mental health,
• It enhances empathy and reduces aggression,
• Increases happiness,
• It makes you realise there’s no need to be materialistic

So, next time you or your child complain about something, focus on thinking about all that you have.
When you are having a bad day, or you need to start the week off on a positive note, or at the end of the year when you want to reflect back on the good things over the year……Go to your gratitude jar, pick out some gratitude notes and remind yourself how lucky and awesome you and your family are.

By Candy Fung
Kids Life Coach
Nurturing Minds kids Life Studio
Bromley, UK

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