November 20, 2015
Kids experience so many highs and lows in their little lives—what if parents could give them a single tool that could help keep them happy for a lifetime?
While knowing how to ride a bike or swim gives children the ability to cruise the neighborhood or enjoy gigantic water slides unfazed, there’s one life lesson that can really enrich kids’ lives long after they’ve hung up their first wheels or swim fins—learning to experience gratitude.
Researchers have found that being grateful inspires a greater sense of joy, optimism, and happiness, as well as increased generosity and compassion, and lessens feelings of loneliness and isolation. One study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology also found that gratitude improved athletes’ self-esteem—and kids really, really need their confidence nourished as they grow.
In this video, psychologist and supermom Zelana Montminy shares six easy ways to inspire kids to have gratitude, not just for Thanksgiving, but every single day. Bonus: it involves plenty of quality family time. Watch and learn!
Produced and Directed by: Liza Glucoft
Director of Photography: Naeem Munaf
Editor: Stephanie Provence
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