There are SO many benefits to practicing gratitude, you’d be nuts not to get cracking with this practice as EARLY in life as possible which means it’s up to us parents to GIFT our children with this powerful and possible health saving tool!
Gratitude is a conscious choice we can embrace to add joy and abundant blessings to our lives. Three qualities most important to elevating self-esteem are: empathy, forgiveness, and gratitude. It is the antidote to all the challenges of the ego including being a victim, feeling sorry for oneself, having a scarcity mentality and the perception of lacking. Gratitude allows us to gain a sense that we are connected to all the good the universe has to offer us. It is the activating force that enables us to receive from the universe.
Gratitude fuels positive expectations and supports self-motivation as a self-fulfilling prophesy. It is important to teach children to create more of what they want by being grateful in advance of receiving. This faith creates an energy of attraction for the things they desire to come to them. It is the antidote to self-pity and resignation, isolation and ignorance. Gratitude allows us to transform the negative happenings in our lives to positive ones. We have the ability to create an empowering interpretation to see the good in everything.
When we realize that “it is all good” we can look for the gifts in any experience and be grateful. When we lack gratitude, we operate from a distorted perspective that does not support our happiness, energy, and personal power. We can find good in everything if we ask ourselves the right questions. Ask, “What is good about this?” “What gift awaits my discovery here?” “How does this contribute to my understanding, soul growth, compassion and ability to have empathy for others?” The vast majority of the time, worry and anxiety are a waste of energy as our greatest fears never materialise. So, we can instead trust that we will be provided with everything we need.
Gratitude promotes positive thinking, healthy spirituality, and because physical disease can be a manifestation of an internal mental or spiritual condition, it supports good health. Gratitude supports us to expand our mindset and look for the good in everything. Gratitude supports our relationships as it helps us feel loved and cared for by others, thus elevating our self-esteem and happiness. Gratitude is a form of love that attracts love into our lives. Gratitude allows us to be more aware of spotting the serendipitous opportunities in our lives that we can then act on, rather than allow to pass us by when we are unaware of them.
One of the most effective ways to magnify the beneficial effects of possessing an attitude of gratitude is to have an intention of looking for reasons to be grateful on a daily basis. We all have an addictive emotional state that runs our lives as we scan for opportunities to be angry, sad or afraid. Gratitude counteracts our addictive emotional states of anger, sadness, or fear. When we create interpretations that are free of negative emotions, we enhance our relationships, personal effectiveness, happiness, peace of mind and health.
Expressing gratitude for all our blessings allows us to attract more of them. Gratitude is directly proportional to happiness. The more grateful you are, the happier you will be. Better health, increased wealth and prosperity, better attitude and disposition, improved relationships and personal effectiveness, higher self-esteem, greater happiness and enhanced emotional health, the ability to create greater success are all supported by adopting a commitment to being grateful.
Activity: Teach your children that in any area where they are feeling sorry for themselves or living with regrets, identify at least one reason to be grateful and ask, “Am I willing to give up my right to be a victim and feel sorry for myself and look for the good in this experience?” When we see the world through grateful eyes, we can direct our attention toward contributing to others, expanding our horizons and taking calculated risks instead of wallowing in self-pity and shrinking from fully realising our potential. Grateful people live optimistically, seeing the glass as not just half full but overflowing, while knowing that they can continue to drink because it will always be refilled. Having gratitude takes the focus off oneself and creates an ever replenishing wellspring of positive energy that allows one to contribute to others.
Ask your child to:
- List all the things you have decided to be grateful for in your life. Discuss this list with the child and encourage them to create their own list. Create a series of affirmations about each one.
- In your daily journal, record each time you fail to express gratitude for a challenging situation. Catch yourself whenever you forget to be grateful, complain, gossip, or find fault. Forgive yourself and look for the gift in each experience and decide to be grateful in the moment. Journal your insights. Teach children to do the same.
- Discuss with the child who they are holding as less than magnificent? Explore how they might shift their perception of this person and look for the good in them.
- For 30 days, encourage the child to take note of something that they can be grateful for each day and record their observations in their journals.
- Set “Grateful CHALLENGES” eg find things to say THANK YOU for…
I am grateful for:
If you REALLY want to set your kids up for life with the tools that will GUARANTEE their happiness join this weekend’s “Empowered Emotions” workshop OR join the upcoming “IGNITE! Your Power, Passion, Purpose & Potential” and BE the change our kids need…