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Should I require my child to write a thank you note for gifts?

Michele Borba
Psychology
You absolutely should require those thank you notes. For the past decade two professors at the University of California at Davis and Southern Methodist University, have examined the data of several hundred people involved in their gratitude experiments. They had people to keep a journal, writing down five things they were grateful for that had happened to them in the past week for four days a week. Those simple gratitude exercises made those participants feel happier and more optimistic, caused them to sleep better, be less stressed, and to feel less materialistic and more likely to help others. A thank you note follows the same principle.

To maximize the gratitude effect, have your child personally deliver the card or read it over the phone to the recipient.
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