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the Joy Children of Being Grateful Teaching our


By Dr. Caron B. Goode


Gratitude is more than an atti- tude. Recent studies show that grateful people are happier, more resilient, and less de- pressed. They also have higher self-esteem and better relation- ships. These results prove that gratitude is more than polite manners and positive thinking. It is a way of life, and a wonder- ful legacy to leave our children.


Plus, the beauty of gratitude is that it does not have to come naturally. It can be taught. A study by Dr. Michael Mc- Cullough, professor of psychol- ogy and religious studies at the University of Miami, demon- strates just that. McCullough, who also co-authored The Psychology of Gratitude, asked his subjects to write down four or five things they were grateful for each day. In as


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little as two weeks, they began feeling happier. This illustrates that gratitude can not only be taught, but that it is relatively simple to do so.


Seven Simple Ways to Teach Your Children Gratitude


• Daily Dose. Take time each day to encourage your children to express gratitude. They can do this by making an entry in a family journal or by simply talk- ing about what they are grate- ful for.


• Model Thanks. As with everything, modeling is the best way to teach your children to be grateful. Be lavish with your thanks. Thank your children for hugs. Thank the cashier for ringing up your groceries. Thank the bus driver for returning your


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