As a parent, do you teach your children the attitude of showing gratitude? How often do you say “thank you” to your child? How often have been thankful to the guy at the groceries for a nice service? How often have you shown appreciation in front of your children? How many times has your child felt contented and thanked you for a certain thing and never wished or asked for more? How many times have you seen your child show the gesture of gratitude and you felt like you are the luckiest parent on the planet?
Appreciation and gratitude have positive effects on the well-being of an individual. Children who are grateful end up to be physical, mentally and emotionally healthy. If you want your children to have improved mental health and emotional well-being, it is crucial that you teach them how to be appreciative.
Below are positive effects of gratitude on children
Gratitude allows them to celebrate the present and magnifies positive emotions
Studies have shown that positive emotions fade away quickly. They show that your emotional systems love novelty and they like being renewed from time to time. There is a way body adapt to positive vibes in one’s life, so that that new toy, new storybook and new guitar you bought your child don’t feel as new and exciting as before. They end up taking them for granted.
Gratitude blocks negative energy, vibes, and emotions
Studies have shown that showing gratitude reduces the duration and frequencies of depression. Your children cannot be happy when they are feeling sad, envious, regretful or resentful. These negative emotions block their happiness. The sense in this is that your child cannot be envious of her friend’s birthday dress and be grateful for her dress at the same time. If she is thankful for her dress, she won’t be resentful of her friend’s dress. These feelings are incompatible. They can happen both at the same time. It is either you are grateful or resentful. Because you choose to be grateful, you end up blocking all negative emotions, hence improving your psychological well-being.
Gratitude improves mental strength
Gratitude has not only been known to reduce stress but also help in beating trauma. It has been found that the people who show more gratitude have lower chances of having post-traumatic stress disorder. Gratitude fosters resilience enabling you to be thankful even in your life’s worst times. If you bring up children who are always grateful, instances of falling into trauma are lowered, and even if they became traumatized for one reason or the other in their lives, they would pull through the situation strongly and better than ungrateful counterparts.