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Make Gratitude Fun for Kids

What can simple gratitude exercises do for us? The research correlates gratitude with a lot of amazing things:

  • Greater optimism
  • Less materialism
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better sleep
  • Boosted energy
  • More exercise
  • Greater resilience
  • Less aches and pains
  • More willingness to help others
  • Deeper relationships
  • More friendships
  • Boosted goal achievement
  • Better decision making
  • Increased productivity

So, how can we get our kids to make gratitude a regular practice? Let’s teach them to have fun with it! In the video above, Nik receives an assignment in school to keep a gratitude journal. He has a hard time thinking of things to be grateful for until his friend Sam gives him a pair of magic goggles to see the world in a different light.

How do you practice gratitude with your family?

Have an anxious child? Get tips, animations, meditations and more at


Emmons, R. (2004). The psychology of gratitude. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Emmons, R. (2007). Thanks!: How the new science of gratitude can make you happier. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Make Gratitude Fun for Kids

Renee Jain, MAPP

Renee Jain is an award-winning tech entrepreneur turned speaker and certified life coach. She also holds a masters in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Renee specializes in cultivating skills of resilience in both adults and children. Her passion is taking research-based concepts and transforming them into fun and digestible learning modules. For children, she has created one-of-a-kind anxiety relief programs at GoZen! delivered via engaging animated shorts.

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APA Reference
Jain, R. (2017). Make Gratitude Fun for Kids. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 16, 2018, from


Last updated: 20 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Nov 2017
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