Gratitude (Chowdhury, 2020) is a natural antidepressant, especially when practiced daily (e.g. saying grace before mealtime, meditating). As the brain releases two crucial neurotransmitters called dopamine and serotonin, it triggers the emotions making a person feel happy. When these neural pathways strengthen, it ultimately creates a permanent and positive nature within oneself. Consequently, the effect of gratitude on the brain is long-lasting, significantly affecting psychological conditions, like stress, anxiety, and depression. Below is a diagram showing the social, physical, and psychological benefits of practicing gratitude:
Morin (2019) states that there is a multitude of studies linked with altruism and happiness. Being sympathetic to others can make children happier, henceforth, this state of happiness makes them kind. It is this positive feeling that sets them up for a happier and healthier life (e.g. helping elderly people, setting aside allowance each week to donate for a good cause). Furthermore, based on a study in 2012, grateful people enjoy better relationships, which is a key to living a happier life.
Dr. Christine Carter (Lamb, 2008) believes that children naturally acquire various positive emotions when basic skills are transformed into habits. Studies evidently prove that children who are emotionally positive tend to be ‘happier, healthier, better learners, and can easily get along’ (Gavin, n.d.) with their peers and adults.
When adults seek help for their child’s challenges, it does not mean they are incompetent parents. The child may just require extra support in the areas of building self-esteem, being resilient or regulating emotions that are beyond one's parenting ability.
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Chowdhury, M. (2020). The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief. Positive Psychology. Retrieved August, 2020 from https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/
Gavin, M. (n.d.). The Power of Positive Emotions. Teens Health. Retrieved September, 2020 from https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/power-positive.html
Lamb, M. (2008). 7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child. Parents. Retrieved December, 2019 from https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/fear/raising-happy-children/