“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
As a technology focused on developing emotional intelligence in children and teens, we’re happy to explore the positive effects of gratitude and how they relate to happiness, appreciation, and contentment.
How can we work together to cultivate a spirit of gratitude in our children and teens? As parents and caregivers , let’s take a deeper look at this wonderful emotion and how technology may be on our side.
Gratitude: [grat-i-tood, -tyood] – noun: The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
In a 2010 article entitled, “Why Gratitude is Good,” written for The University of California’s, Greater Good by, gratitude expert, Robert Emmons, a host of health benefits associated with keeping a gratitude journal are described.
“Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in our studies, we often have people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming. We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits,” Emmons writes.
So, just what are these health benefits Emmons is talking about. A whole host of physical, psychological and social benefits abound, including:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
Now that we can see the positive health benefits associated with gratitude, let’s take a look at how the BodiMojo App and a second Boston Based app called WeGush have created technologies that integrate the cultivation of gratitude in our daily lives.
BodiMojo’s Gratitude Journal* – Each day, we’re asking children and teens to write down five things they are grateful for. Combined with other daily emotional well-being daily asks, we’re paving the way for positive change in the emotional health of our youth one BodiMojo log-in per day (or more for increased progress!).
WeGush – Our friends at WeGush have also stepped on board with cultivating a practice of gratitude. The WeGush app is a tool that makes group appreciation simpler and more meaningful. Did somebody just make your day? Or help you out of a jam? Or are they just generally awesome? Send them a Gush to let them know how you feel!
We’re excited about gratitude and technology and we hope that you are too. Please continue to follow our weekly posts centered around emotional health and wellbeing. Are you ready to get started on a gratitude journal? Try it for three weeks and see what happens.
The BodiMojo Team
*The BodiMojo app is currently in private beta testing. Stay tuned!