If you did some work and received ten compliments and one negative opinion, your feeling would be most likely determined by the negative comment rather than the other compliments. It is because human brain has a tendency to focus on the negative things rather than positive. Practicing gratitude is a most powerful way to counter this negativity bias in our brain and to pay attention to what is good, kind, beautiful, and meaningful, even amidst the toughest challenges.
Research have shown plentiful benefits of gratitude practice for children and grown-ups – feeling happier, reducing stress and anxiety, making positive relationships with others, and increasing self-esteem and resilience. Several studies also suggest that grateful children are more satisfied with their lives, use their strengths to improve their communities, are more engaged in their schoolwork and hobbies, and have better grades.
This Gratitude Flower activity is a fun, simple play to experience and express gratitude. It’ll help you remember the good stuff you have in your life and boost happiness together with your child. Enjoy!