TES Helping children cultivate a positive attitude

The PEAK trait for March is Positive Attitude.  Consider having your child keep a Gratitude Journal, recording three things they are grateful for each day.  An article from Berkeley College highlights some of the benefits; Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, states “Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in our studies, we often have people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming. We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of physical, psychological and social benefits.

 

The social benefits are especially significant here because, after all, gratitude is a social emotion. I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.  Indeed, this cuts to the very heart of my definition of gratitude, which has two components.  First, it’s an affirmation of goodness.  We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.  This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles.  But when we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life.”

 

To read more you can visit the site at: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/