Parents who make it a point to teach their children to use niceties like ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ are doing them a huge favor. They are not only teaching them good manners but also helping them discover the secret to everlasting happiness.
Teaching children good manners will have a positive impact on their life as they grow up.
The psychological health benefits of gratitude
Some studies support the fact that there is a direct connection between expressing gratitude and good health. Gratitude tends to help people cherish good experiences, feel positive and improve their health and well being.
In a research that was carried out to prove this theory, the participants were asked to write down a few sentences every week. These sentences were focused on certain topics.
While one group was asked to write about things they were thankful for, the other had to note down things that displeased them. The participants did this on a daily basis. After a period of 10 weeks, it was observed that those who wrote down things they were thankful for felt more optimistic and were happier with their lives. They also exercised more than the participants who were more focused on negative things. This means that practising gratitude affected the participants’ mindset in a positive manner.
Gratitude helps preserve relationships
Teaching children to express gratitude and be thankful in their everyday life will make it easier for them to nurture and maintain relationships when they grow up.
According to a study conducted by Sara Algoe, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, expressing gratitude openly and acknowledging and appreciating those around us have long term and short term health benefits for us as well as those we interact with.
Thus, gratitude is of utmost importance in order to build and maintain healthy relationships in the long run.
Practicing good manners helps build character
Kids are highly impressionable and whatever you teach them may stay with them for the rest of their lives. Hence, teaching them manners that lead to the development of a noble character is important.
Jean Piaget, a child development specialist, is of the view that the most suitable age to start teaching kids good manners is between two and seven years old. When kids are in this age group, the ‘intuitive intelligence stage’ is formed. Thus, the child begins to progressively understand the importance of justice, respect, and empathy.
Tips for raising grateful children:
Here are a few effective ways to instill gratitude in children:
- Be a good role model. Remember, kids, observe how their parents behave and may replicate the same behaviour.
- Talk about gratitude and thankfulness. Discuss these concepts with your kids so that they know their importance.
- Urge your kids to keep a gratitude journal where they can write down things they are thankful for on a daily basis.