Why are we surprised when the transition to adulthood for so many youth is also a departure from the tastes, habits, and beliefs of the communities of their childhood? How do we repair the disconnect and combat the myth, clearly offering youth the incomparable glory of Christian maturity?
An exclusive From the Table interview with Justin Barrett, Thrive Professor of Psychology at Fuller School of Psychology.
"Emerging adulthood is a life era that takes place at a unique point in time, and the exploration that is so common during this time is culturally shaped. The search for faith is central to this emerging adulthood, although fraught with misdirection and confusion."
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!