Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Teens Can Experience the Benefits of Gratitude

Teens who cultivate a grateful attitude focus more on what they have than what they don’t have. Gratitude has a positive impact on their overall well-being.  Studies show that there are benefits to cultivating a positive attitude that comes through being grateful.



It is helpful to start to develop an attitude of gratitude when you are young and make it a habit to be appreciative on a daily basis and not just at thanksgiving. Being grateful will help to change your thinking to develop a more positive mindset.

A study shows that grateful teens are more likely to be happy than their less grateful counterparts. So start by listing the things you can be grateful for on a daily basis.

In the video below, coach Ahalya Kumaran,  describes five of her favorite ways to show gratitude. These include giving special notes of appreciation and doing something thoughtful for the people she is grateful for in ways that they do not expect.

A study shows that grateful teens are more likely to be happy than their less grateful counterparts. So start by listing the things you can be grateful for on a daily basis/

In the video below, coach Ahalya Kumaran,  describes five of her favorite ways to show gratitude. These include giving special notes of appreciation and doing something thoughtful for the people she is grateful for in ways that they do not expect.

Thankfulness will have a positive impact on your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Here are nine reasons why gratitude matters.

1. Experience Better Physical Health 

Studies show that a grateful attitude improves the immune system and lowers blood pressure. It even improves the quality of sleep that you experience.

2. Reduce Problematic Physical Symptoms

There are indications that people who grateful are not so bothered by physical symptoms such as minor aches and pains. They are much focused on what is going right in their lives. 

3. Increase Mental Health

Grateful teens are more alert and experience better mood and well-being. Research shows that they are less likely to experience mental disorders like depression than teens who are not grateful.

4. Improve Self-Care

Teens who cultivate an attitude of gratitude are more likely to practice preventative health and take care of themselves. They are likely to exercise regularly, eat healthier diets and are less likely to indulge risky behaviors. 

5. Maintain a Positive Outlook on Life

Grateful teens tend to be more optimistic about life and their future even when faced with serious challenges. They feel they have a purpose in life and they work towards positive goals.

6. Enjoy Stronger Relationship

Thankfulness boosts teen's relationships because they are grateful for the people in their lives. They are kind to others and express appreciation which deepens their relationships. This creates loving bonds and a sense of belonging.

7. Cultivate Abundance Mentality

Teens who have a grateful spirit are generous and act out of a sense of having instead of lack. They are willing to give without focusing n what they can receive from others.

8. Practice Resilience

Teens are better able to cope with life’s challenges, such failing a course when they maintain a thankful attitude. They more open to change their perspective in difficult situations and so are in a better position to bounce back and see the opportunities that exist.

 9. Experience Genuine Happiness

Grateful teens lead happier lives. In the TED Talks video, David Steindl-Rast, explains that happiness is born from gratitude and not the other way around.
 

David maintains that it is gratefulness that makes you happy.

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© 2017 Yvette Stupart


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