Gratitude tips for kids as we segue from Thanksgiving to Christmas present-getting

| Published 11/24/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – This season of giving is an excellent opportunity to encourage gratitude in kids and teens, as it provides numerous positive effects on their mental and emotional well-being. Practicing gratitude can help youth develop a more positive outlook on life, improve relationships, and enhance their overall sense of happiness. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides more information on the benefits of helping youth:

  • YES to YOUTH has some sage advice of gratitude and well-being for kids

    Gratitude practices help children develop better mood regulation skills. They learn to acknowledge and appreciate positive aspects of their lives, even in challenging situations.

  • Gratitude strengthens social bonds and relationships. Children who express gratitude toward their peers, family members, and teachers often experience more positive and supportive social interactions.

  • As a parent or caregiver, demonstrate gratitude and kindness in your own actions and interactions. Children and youth often learn by observing the behavior of adults and peers, so modeling these qualities sets a powerful example.

  • Gratitude has been linked to lower levels of stress. When children express gratitude, they may experience a sense of calmness and a reduced perception of stressors in their lives.

  • Gratitude practices have been associated with improved sleep quality. Children who reflect on positive experiences before bedtime may experience more restful sleep.

  • Gratitude is a key component of life satisfaction. Children who regularly engage in gratitude practices tend to have a more positive outlook on life and a greater overall sense of satisfaction.

Take this time of the year as an opportunity to integrate gratitude practices into a youth's daily routine. It will have lasting positive effects on their mental well-being.

If you have concerns about the mental health of your child, please reach out to YES to YOUTH. We are here to help.

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