Mental and emotional wellbeing within families has never been so important and one of the simplest ways to increase this is through bringing gratitude into your daily lives.
For anyone familiar with a gratitude practise, it needs no explanation, but others may question why gratitude is so important for a child's wellbeing. Well, regular gratitude is strongly linked with increased mental health, well-being and long term happiness and it allows our children to get some control over how they feel. Now I don't know about you, but those are all things I most definitely want for my children.
Practising gratitude works because all thoughts and emotions, as with everything in our world, are really just forms of energy and all emotions have a vibrational frequency. And one that can be measured. I'm sure it won't surprise you to hear that fear, anger, shame and indeed all negative feelings, are all at the low end of the chart. Whereas peace, joy and love are all at the top. It's why when someone is depressed or being negative, it can quickly feel like they are sucking the life out of us. Or why when someone is fizzy, loving and excited, we can feel that too. Emotions and their energy can be really infectious.
So how does gratitude work?
Well, all thoughts drive feelings. Practising gratitude, allows us the opportunity to focus our thoughts on all the incredible things that we have in our lives and as one of the most privileged societies in the world, it seems that we have much to be thankful for. And yet so many people are still focusing their minds on all the things that they don't have and wondering why they don't feel fulfilled. When we deliberately shift our thoughts from what we don't have, to what we do, this in turn generates positive emotions and a new perspective on life. When this is practised regularly, it starts to become a an elevated mood, essential in times of difficulty or stress.
But how do we introduce this to our younger children? Well music and play is always the best place to start! They don't need to be able to write, they can dance and sing along, but most importantly, music goes straight into the unconscious mind and stays there like nothing else. A child's mind is like a sponge in the first 6/7 years of life and it's where their belief systems are formed, which we then use as our default programme to run the rest of our lives on a 95% automatic basis. So it's crucial we teach this mindset when children are younger. Our beliefs are the engine that drive all thoughts and feelings and it's where we can have the most impact instilling positive practises and life wisdom, that will help them on their way.
The Attitude is Gratitude can be found on "Find Your Fierce" Album on all major digital providers.
Play it loud. And teach your child the importance of choosing how they feel. For when we realise how much we have, we start to want for far less.
Teaching happiness and wellbeing to parents and children aged 2-7 years, through original music and FUN! No musical experience necessary.
"It's literally the best thing I have ever done with my child!" - Jordana Matsuda - Early Childhood Educator