The Happy Benefits Of Being Thankful
Being Thankful Comes from:
Noticing the little things every day + everywhere
Why Being Thankful Matters
Practicing thankfulness has potent effects on our bodies and brains. Focusing on what we are thankful for triggers the calming branch of our nervous system, causing our bodies to relax and helping us to be more present and content. Feeling thankful also releases positive chemicals in our brains, leading to greater optimism and openness.
When kids develop awareness of and appreciation for the world around them, they see the wonder everywhere and experience the happiness that comes from being thankful. Noticing the little things in life to be thankful for is a profound practice because little things are ever present! Being thankful, along with all its benefits, doesn’t require big events, just simple awareness.
This is a wonderful day
I've never seen it before - Maya Angelou
3 ways to teach kids about Being Thankful
1. Introduce them to this happy habit:
Download our Free I Am Thankful Activity Sheet
2. Use any of our products to help them practice this habit in a variety of ways:
Noticing the little things is ultimately what the Happy Hunting Book is about. Reading, asking questions and talking about all the little things the characters come across and enjoy gently reminds kids to do the same in their own lives.
The Happy Hunting Journal contains 3 activities to help kids practice noticing the little things all around them and inside too. Just look for the RAINBOW icons within the journal.
The Feeling Cards can be used in so many ways to explore gratitude. One easy and unusual way is to play the “I’m thankful for this feeling because” game: Pick a random feeling card and ask kids why they’d miss this feeling if it were gone. Even MAD helps us…but how? It is a great way to see all feelings as important and okay, to notice the little things they do for us and to open up very interesting conversations!
The Happy Habit Challenge contains 3 Be Thankful tasks including one from the surroundings, one from someone else and one as a reflection on the day. Plus, one blank card means you and your kids can create as many different gratitude challenges as you like.
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