Experiences for Resilience: # 16

Practice Gratitude

We have all heard about the power of gratitude. And in all honestly, this emotion is actually critical for resilience, along with a whole host of other long-term benefits. Being grateful helps kids realize the resources they have in themselves and in their world, which is essential for resilience.

Whether they start a gratitude journal or you debrief with them every day, have kids think about what someone did that they are grateful for or even things they did themselves that made someone else grateful. You can also talk about what they learned, what inspired them, and/or what surprised them. Who made their day?

Be a good role model. Show your gratitude for others regularly. Lots of opportunities to see gratitude helps kids feel that gratitude as well (thanks to the mirror neurons in our brains).

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