Small Favors Can Yield Large Returns, Study Finds

Many people hold the door open for strangers. But what do people give in return?   Neuroscientists at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC have found the door holder’s effort is a key factor in whether someone returns a favor or says “thank you.”   If the door holder made a high effort by [...]

Certain Parenting Tactics Could Lead to Materialistic Attitudes in Adulthood

Many parents may be tempted to give children all the toys and gadgets they ask for or use the expectation of gifts to manage children’s behavior. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that parents who use material goods as part of their parenting techniques [...]

The little things: Gratitude and shared laughter strengthen romantic partnerships

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” — Andy Warhol, American artist   For years, we’ve heard authors, inspirational speakers, and even our parents attribute happiness to “the little things,” and Sara Algoe couldn’t agree more. “It’s the little things that really help relationships flourish,” the UNC-Chapel [...]

Growing up grateful gives teens multiple mental health benefits

Grateful teens are more likely than their less grateful peers to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have behavior problems at school, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention.   “Gratitude played an important role in many areas of positive mental health of [...]

Volunteer Ideas for Preteens and Teens

Volunteering within the local community offers many benefits to preteens and teens. It can be a great way to connect them with other young people their age, coordinating together on large projects. And it can also be a great way to broaden their perspective. This is because when you volunteer, you come face to face with the way [...]

Teaching Kids Gratitude: Tips and Tricks to Help You Out

There is a saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." That saying shows how a child perceives the world around them. It proves that society builds a child’s character and what they see is how they will become. That is why it is so important to show children what gratitude actually is. Words [...]

Gift Giving & Gratitude

With the holidays fast approaching, teaching children gratitude and to appreciate gift giving can feel like a challenge. TV and movies leave us bombarded with messages that more is better, so it's important to take advantage of opportunities whenever you can.   However, as much as there is an emphasis on getting presents for these [...]