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Character Strengths and Life Skills

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life and taking the time to express appreciation and return kindness. Being grateful is more than saying thank you. When you express gratitude, it can actually lead to a stronger sense of well-being.

Gratitude is different from other caring emotions such as empathy and compassion because it's learned. That's good news, as there are many ways to teach it and model it for your kids. Taking the time to appreciate what you have is one of the keys to cultivating gratitude. Creating a "grateful environment" at home can help kids carry gratitude into the online world as well.