After years of studying the development and enhancement of gratitude in children and adolescents, psychologists are discovering that the benefits reach even farther than we first thought. For example, children who exhibit high levels of gratitude are less materialistic, have better relationships, earn higher grades, and are more spiritual. Additionally, they are less likely to engage in risky or dangerous behavior—even into their teen years!
"Guilt is born of the thoughts “What I did is no good, and I’m no good for doing it!”. This kind of global self-rating will bring us a ton of shame, not to mention depression and a host of other negative emotions. If our goal this Lenten season is to grow closer to God and appreciate Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it’s in our best interest to keep our guilt at bay and instead feel remorseful."