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?
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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.