Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Teaching Children Gratitude

3 Reasons to Teach Kids to Be Grateful
Research supported Scriptural Truth

1. Better Attitudes
Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families (Froh, Sefick, Emmons, 2008).

2. Better Grades
6-7th graders who kept a gratitude journal for only three weeks, had an increased grade point average over the course of a year.

3. Better Caring
Children who kept gratitude journals were more sensitive to situations where they themselves can be helpful, altruistic, generous, compassionate, and were less destructive and displayed less negative social behaviors.

If We Don’t Practice Gratitude?
Research shows that youth who are ungrateful are “less satisfied with their lives and are more apt to be aggressive and engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as early or frequent promiscuous activities, substance use, poor eating habits, physical inactivity, and poor academic performance.”

Why does gratitude do all of this?
Because we were made to live in gratitude to God, giving glory to God.
(all thoughts from a devotional by Ann)


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I guess this shows that we should all be keeping a gratitude journal.We really do have SO much to be thankful for.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thankfulness really does go a long way, doesn't it?

Tina said...

Great point. Gratitude is huge. If our eyes are open to reality and what God's done and is doing, how can we help but be grateful?
Thanks for the encouragement. :)