This month we will focus on the powerful word; “gratitude.”
Gratitude involves recognizing the “good things” that exist in your life already. We can show gratitude for people, places and physical possessions, as well as intangibles such as a fun experience, freedom, love, and friendship.
Those who are appreciative do not take their blessings for granted. They remember to take notice and show gratitude for those who make them feel more comfortable, happy, and inspired. An appreciative person doesn’t only feel grateful but shows appreciation for others who have a positive influence on his or her life. After all, one of the best parts of gratitude is how it makes someone else feel when you credit them with being an impactful person.
Becoming an appreciative person can be a challenge for young people. As adults, we want our children to realize that “money doesn’t grow on trees” and “there are many people who are less fortunate” because we want our children to show appreciation for their special privileges, freedoms, and assorted “stuff.” However, young people are wired for their own pleasure and often do not realize all of their blessings until they are pointed out as they develop and mature.
Aside from discussing the word of the month in depth, we will be encouraging everyone to find ways to “show appreciation
to parents, teachers, friends, and others in the community. To facilitate gratitude you can; (1) Go around the dinner table and say one person you are grateful for that day and why, (2) Start at Attitude of Gratitude Calendar or (3) Make a card or
send a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life (see “Dear Dr. Robyn” for more ideas).
Research tells us that there are enormous benefits of gratitude from being able to convert an acquaintance to a new friend to improving physical and psychological health. It even enhances empathy and reduces aggression! What a great word!
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