As humans, big and small, it's easy to get caught up in the daily stresses of life.
Kids can experience a lot of anxiety growing up and in the modern world of advertising and consumerism, it's easy for them to be more focused on what they don't have (especially in comparison with others) instead of appreciating the things they do.
Every evening, at dinnertime we would always eat together as a family and we would all write down 3 things that we were grateful for. Some days there were totally awesome things to be grateful for, but mostly it came down to appreciating the simple joys that surround us everyday, the things that can be easily taken for granted.
Gratitude is a good habit to instill into our children (and ourselves) with long-lasting benefits on our well-being. The ability to find joy in the most simple things creates a much happier and fulfilled life.
Each family member in our household had their own 'gratitude journal' - nothing fancy, just an exercise book covered in wrapping paper with their name on the front.
Every night at dinner time, we wrote in our gratitude journals. Just three things. Every day. Sometimes we shared them, sometimes we didn't, but it was a great habit that helped my kids through phases of high anxiety and also when they felt the peer pressure of not having as much as everyone else. Practicing daily gratitude is a really powerful tool to give to your children and creates a strong psychology that they carry into their adult lives.