Teens and Gratitude

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — As we are in a season of gratitude, an important reflection for parents: Are you kids aware of all they have? Do they express their gratitude?

Parenting contributor Belinda Palacios has more on teens and gratitude.

What is gratitude?

  • It is one of many positive emotions and focuses on what is good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.
  • Pausing to notice and appreciate the things we often take for granted (home, food, clean water, etc.).
  • Taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens whether it is small or big things.

Why gratitude matters: it just does not feel good but making a habit of gratitude can also be good for us. Focusing on the things to be thankful for is good for our bodies, minds and brains.

  • Positive emotions open us up to more possibilities.. boost in ability to learn and make good decisions.
  • Positive emotions balance out negative emotions. People who focus on gratefulness are often happier, less stressed and less depressed.
  • One positive emotion leads to another. When grateful may also feel happy, calm, joyful, loving.
  • Gratitude can lead to positive actions. More likely to practice being kind and reciprocating kind/positive behavior shown to us. This can also be vice versa with other.. paying it forward so to speak.
  • Gratitude helps us build better relationships. Expressing gratitude and appreciation creates loving bonds, build trust and helps you feel closer.

Build a gratitude habit:

  • Feeling of gratitude can happen naturally but we can intentionally create these feelings by deliberately counting our blessings.
  • Paying attention to those things happy to have in life.
  • Slowing down and noticing what is around you.

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