Children learn more in one week, than adults previously learned in an entire year.
They have access to information with a swipe of a screen. Their curiosity can be quenched almost instantaneously.
So, why are Australian children facing a mental health crisis? 1 in 7 primary aged children suffer from anxiety in a given year. What is creating this increase in mental health and a decrease in wellbeing?
Effectively, children simply have exposure to more than their brains can filter.
Teaching kids to take control of positive emotions.
Giving them the tools to building positive emotions and positive emotional literacy actually builds cognitive capacity and rewires our brain to scan the world for positives.
The following mindfulness strategies are supported by scientific evidence of their effectiveness in increasing cognitive function, promoting wellbeing and reducing the effects of anxiety.
Keep a gratitude journal for 21 days and your brain will begin to scan the world for positives.
Do it for 47 days and it is proven to have increased physical impact such as increased laughter, increased sleep, higher energy levels and are more optimistic.
Children begin to develop emotional literacy, decreased anxiety / depression, take more social risks and develop resilience.
For those who are interested in the study behind gratitude, I have made reference to it below, provided by Harvard Medical School, USA.
Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Eammons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude
In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.
Group 1 wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. Group 2 wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them.
Group 3 wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative).
After 47 days, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives, exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.
Interested in using a gratitude journal with your kids?
Buy a copy of The Happiness Experiment: Gratitude for Kids
This is a 22 day journal designed specifically for kids aged 4+
$ 21.95 with free postage Australia wide!