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“It's good to be just plain happy, it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.” Henry Miller

Monday, August 31, 2009

Teaching Children Emotional Intelligence: Gratitude

The research and literature related to raising children with high Emotional Intelligence is exploding. I have been following a blog called Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids. The author of this blog is Christine Carter, Ph.D. and she is a sociologist and the executive director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. She blogs about the research behind rearing happy children. Here she is on YouTube discussing parenting tips for encouraging gratitude in children.

The research clearly indicates that gratitude promotes happiness in adults. Sharing this habit with the children in our lives gives them a leg up socially and emotionally.

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