Positive emotions are those feelings that make life worth living and build resilience to handle life’s challenges. There are ways to increase the number of positive emotions that we experience, and it’s important to teach girls and young women how to create more of these feelings in their life. Doing fun things together as a family may help create these emotions, but there are many ways to harness them independently.
And the research is clear; positive emotions have endless positive benefits. Some of these include:
Because we’re all unique, what creates positive emotions in one person might be different for the next.
While gratitude may come naturally to some, usually it needs to be taught to young people. Teaching gratitude is a daily lesson – acknowledging things like the roof over our head, food, clean water, family, friends, and the list goes on.