- Show gratitude in your own life and model being grateful for small and big things. Say it out loud. Be thankful for your kids and your partner.
- Set a regular time for your family to speak about what they are grateful for. This could be when you are gathered for your evening meal or in the car on the way to school.
- When trouble comes along, try to see a silver lining (if there is one). This helps young people to avoid catastrophising and helps everyone keep things in perspective. Obviously, some events are painful or difficult and this is not to diminish the individual’s experiences. But sometimes, by stepping back a little, we can see the bigger picture.
- Thank people and acknowledge what they do for you. Notice the person who serves you at the supermarket or helps you at the hardware store. Be courteous to call centre workers who are often doing their best to help you.
- When you can, help those who are struggling or less fortunate. Remember that there are always people who are less well off than you.
5 ways in which you can help your teenage son or daughter - build the mental-muscle of gratitude:
Glenn & Emily
Glenn has a degree in Psychology and Emily has a degree in Education.