HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE WITH YOUTH
We have all heard of gratitude. We may have even been told to “be more grateful” at times, like when you receive a gift that wasn’t what you wanted or when your home cooked meal didn’t go as planned. But what would happen if we start incorporating gratitude in every part of our lives?
It may seem weird, but finding gratitude in the presence of defeat can actually be beneficial for your mental health. Of course, it is not easy to shift into a grateful mindset immediately, especially for those struggling with mental health. Incorporating gratitude is an exercise. With time, however, research has shown “that gratitude can help us cope with traumatic events, regulate our negative emotions, and improve our well-being.”
In practice, gratitude is not just being thankful for life’s successes and accomplishments. It’s also noticing the small things that bring you joy. It’s adapting to the glass half full mentality. When you focus on the joy of the smaller aspects of life, you can bring yourself more happiness in the long run.
Adolescents are already vulnerable to comparison and insecurities. They have a malleable mindset toward their environment. Practice gratitude methods with youth to help shape them into strong and positive adults, which will ultimately guide them through hardship in the future. Below are a few ways that you can start incorporating gratitude with your youth!