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It’s easy for children to say “thank you,” but are they truly thankful? Learn how to foster gratitude in your child.
Most of us use the words thankful and grateful interchangeably. We use them to express appreciation for something or someone, and to acknowledge and appreciate good in our lives, without taking things for granted. Although the two words tend to go hand-in-hand, there is a difference between them: thankfulness is really a feeling while gratitude is an action or a state of being.
A 2019 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies shows that instilling gratitude in children at a young age leads them to grow up to be happier people. They found that gratitude is already linked to happiness by age 5. Additionally, a sense of gratitude has many other important emotional health benefits, such as increased sensitivity towards the feelings of others, the ability to cope with adversity, a higher sense of self-worth, and generosity.
Children learn the importance of saying “thank you” at a very young age, but telling a kid to be thankful doesn’t mean they automatically will be or that they are truly grateful. It’s important that children learn why they should be happy for all that they have, regardless of monetary worth or even in the face of hardship. According to Andrea Hussong, director of the Center for Developmental Science and a professor of psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, there are four parts to gratitude that help children more deeply understand and see the good in their lives: