According to new research, kids and teens experience the same benefits of expressing gratitude as adults do.
Kids who feel and act grateful tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don’t.
In one study mentioned in the article, 6th- and 7th-graders were divided into three groups. One group recorded five things each week they appreciated, the second group recorded five things that annoyed them, and the third wrote down five events that occurred. Kids in the gratitude group reported higher satisfaction with school and more optimism.
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