Over this year, in the Pakt club (Parents and kids together), we have introduced a very good practice at the end of each club. It consists in saying, writing or drawing a few words about things they were grateful for that had occurred not only during the club, but also during the whole day. We usually help kids with some questions like: who or what inspired you today? Of what you are proud today? Anybody said something nice to you that makes you smile and cheer you up? This practice became immediately an habit, the kids loved it! They enjoyed it so much, it seemed they really needed a few minutes just for themselves to reflect upon the day, their feelings, thoughts, behaviors and the people around them. Gratitude is a way for children to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new or complaining. What’s more, positive psychology and many researchers, show how expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships, improves psychological health, self-esteem and increases mental strength.
As a result, I also enjoyed this practice so much over the year, that eventually I decided to introduce it into my private life. Therefore, I’m practicing gratitude with one of my closest friend, so every night before going to sleep we send to each other a thankful-text in which we write one short sentence summarizing for what or who we are grateful today. Gratitude attitude helps me refocus on what I have instead of what I lack. Practicing an attitude of gratitude on regular basis is a simple way to feel better. Gratitude helps us realize what we have and decrease our need for wanting more all the time.