Many teens who are depressed, anxious or overwhelmed struggle with finding things to be grateful for. I hear them say that they know they have good things or feel they “should” be grateful, but they don’t feel it. The good news is that research shows that gratitude practices work just by spending time searching for things to be grateful for. That act of thinking about it alone is beneficial.
So this Thanksgiving here are some fun prompts to help you and your teen get your mind thinking about gratitude:
- Write down 1 experience you are really glad you had.
- Name 5 technology gadgets you are grateful for.
- Did you do something nice for someone recently? Write about it.
- What family members are you most grateful for? Write about what makes them special.
- Who do you trust most and why?
- What is your favorite song?
- List 3 things that make you laugh?
- Who knows you the very best? Who is your closet peer?
- What are 3 things you take for granted?
- What is something that has made your life easier? And why?
- What’s something that you’re looking forward to?
- What’s one of your personality traits that you’re grateful for?
Teens value authenticity. You can help your teen learn to be grateful by being authentic with them and treating them like an expert in their own life.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more.” – Melody Beattie