Welcome to Day 21 of our 30 day celebration of the 5th Anniversary of
Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, by Paula Langguth Ryan – where we’re answering 30 questions about tithing!
Wow! We’re at the end of the third week of our 30 day celebration! Remember Kristen Stewart*, the writer for EverydayHealth.com? She also interviewed me for an article on “Teaching Kids the Importance of Gratitude.” As Kristen points out, teaching your children the difference between saying “thank you” and expressing gratitude is the difference between saying “thanks” to grandma for a sweater and being enthusiastic about the sweater even when what you really wanted was a toy! And cultivating gratitude leads to healthier children in the long run.
Expressing feelings of thanks can decrease stress and increase a feeling of belonging. The best way parents can raise grateful kids is by modeling the behavior themselves.
Kristin interviewed me about ways to teach gratitude:
“By grade school, children can think a little more in depth and should be encouraged to reflect on their day. Parents should ask what they liked and what they feel grateful for. Raja encourages her family to say what they are grateful for before dinner each night while Paula Langguth Ryan of Boulder, Colo., and author of Giving Thanks, The Art of Tithing, recommends a gratitude list. The gratitude list can be good things that happened, but can and should also include possible good things that can come out of something bad that occurred.
Teens should also focus on gratitude lists, says Ryan. “Teach them to imagine five really good reasons why something might have happened,” she explains. “Have them think outside the box to really big things, like if someone breaks up with them, it may be creating an opening for an even greater relationship. Or if they don’t get into the school of their choice, it may be because an even better opportunity is coming up to do something they love.”
Read the entire article HERE and leave Kristen a comment! (Having been a freelance writer in my younger days, I know it will warm her heart if you share how grateful you are for her article!)
Peace and prosperity,
Paula Langguth Ryan
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*Kristen Stewart is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, lifestyle, and parenting issues. She has written for a variety of publications, ranging from Parenting and Parents to AARP: The Magazine. Prior to going freelance she worked as a senior editor at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute. She lives near Princeton, N.J.