Parents are often telling their children that they “need to be more grateful” but as adults are they truly grateful themselves? We rush from one thing in life to another and rarely take time to be truly grateful for the important things in our lives.

As part of this blog post, I’m going to explain two ways in which you can build in a gratitude practice every day, one of which will blow your mind and create special moments in your family.

Robert Emmons has been studying gratitude for well over 15 years and defines gratitude as

“a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life”

Robert also describes the benefits of gratitude as:

  • gratitude enables you to celebrate the present and helps guard against hedonic adaption i.e. when the novelty of a new experience or possession wears off
  • gratitude blocks toxic emotions (envy, resentment, regret and depression)
  • grateful people are more stress resistant
  • gratitude strengthens social ties and self-worth
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