The Importance of Helping Your Child Practice Gratitude

There are a number of studies that support the idea that people who practice gratitude are happier, more self-disciplined and better at achieving their goals. This is because those who practice gratitude are more likely to see the positive side of situations and are able to bounce back from hardships and stressful situations with more ease.

Here are some reasons how practising gratitude can positively impact your child’s life socially, psychologically and physically:

  • They are less likely to hold grudges and have the ability to let the little things go – those who practice gratitude are able to celebrate the present and remember the positives in their life daily, thus although there will be challenges in life they have the ability to work through it and know that no matter what happens there are things to be grateful for
  • They often have a higher sense of self-worth – when people practice gratitude they are able to look at their life and notice the things they have been able to achieve, reflecting on how far you have come allows you to be thankful for opportunities that you have grasped and see the value within yourself
  • They tend to be less stressed – those who practice gratitude are more likely to stay calm in situations of high pressure as they focus more on what they are thankful for rather on what is making them scared and is out of their control, it’s hard to be focused on those two things at the same time.

A useful way for your child to practice gratitude is to list the things that they are thankful for and why – here are some of the things you can help them think about:

People – Ask your child to think about the people in their life that make them happy, who are there for them, who make them feel at home and whose words or art make them feel something. Remind your child that the relationships we form with other people are what makes us humans social beings – we should all take time to think about those who have made our lives better.

Opportunities– Ask your child to think about the things they have been lucky enough to experience, these can be things that they may take for granted, from; education and the places that they have been able to travel to right down to the food they get to eat or the clothes they get to wear.

Rejection– It sounds weird to be thankful for rejection, but rejection is such a common part of life, it’s something that almost everyone goes through and it can teach us a lot. Rejection can teach your child a lot about themselves; they can learn what they need to improve on, what doesn’t match them, it can give clarity on what they want and make them realise that they need to work hard to get there.


This is a sponsored post by Performance Learning, pioneering behaviour change in schools. Read more articles here by Performance Learning on how to help your child gain transferrable skills, How to Help Your Child Avoid Procrastination.