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Family column : practicing gratitude

anyone Who has a child, knows the Problem: The weather, the birthday celebration is miserable, which is why they are "indoor" must be planned, it will be dark

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Family column : practicing gratitude

anyone Who has a child, knows the Problem: The weather, the birthday celebration is miserable, which is why they are "indoor" must be planned, it will be dark early, people are in a good mood around you is bad. After the child has been with more or less meaningful gifts showered follow shortly after, the gifts for the advent calendar, a Present for Nicholas, bullshit gifts in the secret Santa at school – and every year, as recently again, the big question: What the girl gets for Christmas?

a Podcast episode, we got the Inspiration for the happiness ritual

Had my just nine year old, everything? Games, puzzles, books, CDs, a digital camera, an electric children's toothbrush. I conditioned you to think that more Material makes even happier?

Well, my daughter and I had just started a few weeks earlier in order to try something. In a Podcast I listen to regularly, was the US scientist and author Shawn Achor. He told of how, through studies, been found to be gratitude can make us happy and successful. And how a daily gratitude has a ritual effect on the development of children. You would be more generous, cultured, optimistic and learned to focus on their Strengths. Gratitude will change the structure of the brain, it have a kind of gratitude muscle can be strengthened by daily exercise.

The mother's heart: Three things, for the daughter of our author was on a day to be grateful for.Photo: taboo/private

I wanted to see. It is important not to be, that is every day for the Same grateful, in my case: great kid, great apartment, great job. No, it was more a matter of every day three new things for which one is grateful, and the reason for it. The can be little things, like the uplifting Smile of a stranger or, as it happened to me, dear colleague, the unasked me in the office brought in a bag with ice cubes, because my Tooth ached.

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Three things for which we were grateful, we wrote on slips of paper and put it in a large glass

from Now on, we scanned after the dinner each of our day after three situations/people/things for which we were grateful they wrote each on a colorful piece of paper, knüllten him and put him in a glass container. As the vessel was full, emptied it and read it out for us in the evening, the papers each other. It was like a warm shower after the ice skating. I was particularly touched by these three events that had recorded my child: 1) Dirk, because he took me to school. 2) ice cream because it was my comfort. 3) mom, that she is there for me.

Whether it was the Ritual of the "Christmas problem" introduced in this year, I don't know. My girl got a game and two books – on the other gifts my daughter refused. She found the idea great, to instead donate the money to children, which is not so good. Our gratitude ritual we will continue also this year. After all, it is soon Christmas again.

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What is the family doing? An air guitar for her birthday

Tanja Buntrock

More on gratitude, and scientific studies can be found at The Podcast "10% Happier" is always worth it. Children money you can donate in all of the recognised organisations, for example Unicef.

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