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‘Growing Our Gratitude’ Aims to Improve Mental Health of Children

‘Growing Our Gratitude’ Aims to Improve Mental Health of Children

With so much turmoil happening all around, it’s sometimes difficult to keep a positive outlook. We tend to see only the negatives, and are blind to the positives. Often, the missing ingredient — for both adults and children — is a sense of gratitude. 

Now, an initiative developed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital is here to help. In an effort to improve the mental health of children, it’s developed the “Growing Our Gratitude” program, designed to encourage the feelings of thankfulness that are so positive in lifting mood. The initiative includes at-home activities such as sending gratitude cards, teaching kids to practice relaxation and mindfulness techniques, or completing worksheets available at the website, Nationwidechildrens.org.

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About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Nola.com, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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