Gratitudeenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-Gratitude-enHD.jpgGratitude doesn't just feel good. Focusing on what's good in our lives can also be good for us. Find out how in this article for teens.grateful, thankful, thanksgiving, giving thanks, appreciate, appreciation, good, positive, emotion, emotions, best self, kind, kindness, blessing, blessings, count, counting, absorb, savor, notice, gratitude, pay it forward, helping, volunteering, optimism, optimistic, mindset, positive emotions, optimistic, thanks11/11/201108/27/201808/27/2018Mary L. Gavin, MD08/21/201827c1ca2e-ccaa-40bf-ac24-b81199cb95d4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gratitude.html/<h3>What Is Gratitude?</h3> <p>Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.</p> <p>Gratitude is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gratitude-practice.html/">pausing to notice and appreciate</a> the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. It's taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens &mdash; whether it's a small thing or a big thing.</p> <p>We can use lots of words to describe feelings of gratitude: We might say we feel thankful, lucky, fortunate, humbled, or blessed.</p> <h3>Why Gratitude Matters</h3> <p>Gratitude doesn't just <em>feel</em> good. Making a habit of gratitude can also <em>be good for us</em>. Like other positive emotions, feeling grateful on a regular basis can have a big effect on our lives. Brain research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds, and brains.</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Positive emotions open us up to more possibilities.</strong> They boost our ability to learn and make good decisions.</li> <li><strong>Positive emotions balance out negative emotions.</strong> People who often feel grateful and appreciative are happier, less <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/stress-center.html/">stressed</a>, and less <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/depression.html/">depressed</a>. Gratitude is like a U-turn on complaining or thinking about what we don't have.</li> <li><strong>One positive emotion often leads to another.</strong> When we feel grateful, we might also feel happy, calm, joyful, or loving.</li> <li><strong>Gratitude can lead to positive actions.</strong> When we feel grateful for someone's kindness toward us, we may be more likely to do a kindness in return. Your gratitude also can have a positive effect on someone else's actions. Thanking people can make it more likely they'll do a kindness again.</li> <li><strong>Gratitude helps us build better relationships.</strong> When we feel and express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to people in our lives, it creates loving bonds, builds trust, and helps you feel closer.</li> </ul> <p>When we make it a habit to feel grateful, it makes us more aware of good things as they happen.</p> <h3>Build a Gratitude Habit</h3> <p>Sometimes, feelings of gratitude happen spontaneously. But we also can create feelings of gratitude by deliberately counting our blessings.</p> <p>You can build a habit of counting blessings just by paying attention each day to things you're glad to have in your life. Slow down and notice what's around you. For example: "Wow, the sky is beautiful today! What an incredible world we live in," or, "There's Sara! It was so nice of her to help me yesterday."</p> <p>Noticing the things you're grateful for is just the first step in building a gratitude habit, but you can try other things too, like taking the time to thank people or pausing to appreciate a star-filled sky. Start now. What's good about this moment?</p>GratitudAl igual que otras emociones positivas, sentirnos agradecidos habitualmente puede tener un impacto enorme en nuestras vidas. Las investigaciones del cerebro muestran que las emociones positivas son buenas para nuestro cuerpo y cerebro, así como para nuestra mente.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/gratitude-esp.html/ed10e7e7-c2a9-486a-9752-9134ac2ae5ca
3 Ways to Practice GratitudeGratitude doesn't just feel good, it can be good for you. These 3 steps can help you start feeling more appreciative of the good things in your life.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gratitude-practice.html/4a87429c-5a40-4b12-9f4e-051b7acef9ea
5 Ways to Know Your Feelings BetterEmotional awareness (knowing what we feel and why) helps us learn about ourselves and build good relationships. Here are 5 ways to get more in touch with your emotions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/emotional-awareness.html/3ee7a1b2-b588-470c-8173-1dec09868ea7
Emotional IntelligenceJust as IQ is a way of being academically smart, emotional intelligence (EQ) is a way of being people-smart. But unlike IQ, we can work on improving our EQ. Here are some tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eq.html/1609e178-9261-4a8f-8ba7-097ea03c97d1
Gratitude: A WorksheetFeeling grateful for what we have (instead of obsessing about what we don't) can help us get more out of life. This worksheet is designed to get you thinking about gratitude.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gratitude-worksheet.html/57d4fa66-7ae8-4606-80ef-8b8ce8f390e2
OptimismOptimists see the good in things -- and science has discovered that optimists can do better in life. The good news is, even pessimists can be more optimistic. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/optimism.html/60287970-7c25-4161-b708-203de2773c52
Understanding Other PeopleBeing able to predict how other people might feel, act, or react is a skill that helps us build better relationships. These tips can help you develop the skill of understanding others.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/understanding-others.html/6381379b-7969-4c4a-adf1-24c4d2128801
Understanding Your EmotionsEmotions help us relate to other people, know what we want, and make choices. Even "negative" emotions are useful. Find out how to understand emotions and use them effectively.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/understand-emotions.html/a34102e2-8f42-4764-8eba-708d9c55e09d
VolunteeringVolunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Get ideas on things you can do and tips on getting started in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/volunteering.html/77a599fe-2985-425d-b5c1-5a9ef85f57d6
What It Means to Be a FriendThousands of you filled out our friendship survey. Find out what some of you said about being a good friend.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/friend-comments.html/ae8d0f22-7e80-4863-82b8-2c07346b20d4
kh:age-teenThirteenToNineteenkh:age-youngAdultEighteenPluskh:clinicalDesignation-behavioralHealthkh:genre-articlekh:primaryClinicalDesignation-behavioralHealthDevelop Your Strengthshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/best-self-center/develop-strengths/3a22ec2c-0908-4224-b089-495ae6833333Feelings & Emotionshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/your-mind/emotions/66def505-25e0-477f-8a94-1cca5df13641Relationshipshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/your-mind/relationships/8e8e6431-54b5-47b2-a512-838daedb0ae6Being Your Best Selfhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/your-mind/best-self/216d0b5b-29ff-40e7-b3ab-3fa492aab259Relax & De-Stresshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stress-coping-center/stress-management/11113bbe-9e97-4725-952c-5fd4af2aa5a4Grow Positive Emotionshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/best-self-center/grow-positive/fd1c156f-83fc-44c3-94fa-b6e0028b72a3