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Grateful kids are happier kids
Teens who report high levels of gratitude upon entering high school are happier, more satisfied with life, and less depressed at graduation time.
Grateful kids do better in school
Middle schoolers in disadvantaged areas who score high in gratitude tend to be more interested in school, get more involved in extracurricular activities, and receive higher grades if they are grateful.
Grateful kids are better citizens
Grateful middle schoolers are more motivated to help others and use their strengths to contribute to society.
Kids can become more grateful with practice
In one study, middle schoolers who counted their blessings every day for two weeks later reported more optimism, more satisfaction with life, and more satisfaction with school than students who didn’t practice gratitude.
Teachers can foster gratitude in students
Parents can foster gratitude in their children
Parents can model gratitude and encourage their kids to thank people who helped them achieve something.
For more on the science of revealed, visit the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.