This week, a friend e-mailed me with the following question:
"How do I go about teaching a 4 year-old to be thankful for the things that she has? I think she’s at this developmental age where she’s really starting to notice that other people have swimming pools in their backyards and other people have this and other people have that. I didn’t know if something like a thankfulness board would be a good idea or what but I thought you might be able to give me an idea or two of something that would be beneficial. Any input or ideas you could share would be much appreciated."
First of all, I LOVE that people are sending me these kinds of questions. Thank you and keep 'em coming!
Secondly, gratitude is near and dear to my heart. Research shows that practicing gratitude can enhance physical health, boost self-esteem, strengthen relationships and even improve sleep habits.
Did you notice that I said, "practicing gratitude"? Like anything else, practice can make you better at it. And why not get better at something that is so good for you?
So back to my friend and her daughter: how do we teach gratitude and practice it ourselves. Here are some ideas: