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November, 2010

Parents can practice gratitude too . . .

Last week, Parenting Playbook talked about how parents can teach kids the meaning behind feeling thankful. This week, let’s look at the positives for parents in the practice of gratitude. As we mentioned last week, not only does a sense of gratitude feel good but research shows that this pleasant emotion and its expression result …Continue reading

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Teaching gratitude . . .

Having a sense of gratitude feels good, and research psychologists are finding that the pleasant emotion of gratitude and its expression result in higher levels of happiness, vitality, optimism, and hope. All of these lead to greater satisfaction with life. People who consciously experience appreciation also derive some physical health benefits, according to some of …Continue reading

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The body’s messages . . .

Before we inhabit a world of words, we live in a world of sensations. These physical sensations provide important clues about what is meaningful for us. Bodily sensations are really the foundation for the brain’s process of making decisions “rationally.” Therefore, when we reflect on our sensations, and help our children reflect on their sensations, …Continue reading

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