Gratitude is more than just sending the obligatory thank you note after a child’s birthday party. You know the phrase, an attitude of gratitude? Well, it really is an attitude! There is a lot of research on gratitude, but here are some of the highlights. People who regularly practice grateful thinking:

  • Feel better about their lives as a whole
  • Are more optimistic about the future
  • Are more likely to help others
  • Have better relationships
  • Have better sleep, exercise more frequently and have fewer physical symptoms
  • Are less lonely

There’s more, but those should be enough to convince you that it’s worth a shot, right? Don’t we want all of these things for our children?


Gratitude is really one of the easier steps on the model to implement. It doesn’t take much of a shift to instill gratitude in children. 


If you want to dive into a great book about the benefits of gratitude, check out Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

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