Research tells us that gratitude has a very important role to play in impacting mental health. A 2003 study at the University of California at Davis showed that grateful people report higher levels of happiness and optimism, along with lower levels of depression and stress.
Here some more ways to cultivate and an attitude gratitude and generosity in your kids
- Involve your kids in grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. These activities will help them understand where food comes from and how much effort goes into preparing it. It also gives them a better concept of how much things cost.
- As they begin to get a clearer picture of how things work in their own household, they’ll be able to understand how that might be different to others. You can encourage this discovery by getting your kids to write to a pen pal from a different culture. One of the best ways of doing this is by sponsoring a child. Not only does that grow curiosity about how others live but it also expands their worldview.
- Get your kids to do a random act of kindness for a different person on each day.
- Encourage your children to give gifts to people less fortunate than themselves. This could involve something as simple as buying and dropping off food for your local food bank.
- Tearfund’s Gift for Life website has a range of gift ideas that your kids can choose from and give on behalf of family and friends to someone less fortunate. The gift options are great – Everything from goats to chickens to shoes.