In times of transition and change it can be difficult to find something to be grateful for. As the holiday season approaches, there is more pressure to feel grateful and joyous. This is a tough sell, especially for kids who are moving.
Among the many challenges kids face when moving, feelings of loss and grief typically are at the forefront. The familiar becomes the unfamiliar and normal is a distant memory. Put that together with a still-developing brain not yet fully equipped to handle big emotions and a big black cloud begins to form over the holidays.
Research on gratitude shows a direct relationship between gratitude and happiness. Stepping outside of our difficulties and recognizing what is actually going well creates a shift both inside and out. When we feel and express gratitude all of those “feel good hormones” create a ripple effect that not only boosts our mood, it fuels better health.
An article from Harvard Medical School gives some suggestions for cultivating a sense of gratitude like writing thank you notes, meditating and keeping a gratitude journal. For more ideas, click here to read the full article.
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