Although this post is not food-related, it is very much related to the overall health of our growing children, and even ourselves. I saw this picture today, and have been thinking a lot lately about the perils and the positives that come with technology. I just had to take a moment to express my gratitude. Psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough have found that expressing gratitude can give you tons of benefits from better physical health to improved mental alertness. People who express gratitude are also more likely to offer emotional support to others. Expressing gratitude in your daily life might even protect your brain from psychological disorders. Researchers found that habitually focusing on and appreciating the positive aspects of life is related to a generally higher level of psychological well-being. (Source: PsychologyToday.com)
Today’s gratitude goes out to my parents. The best thing my parents ever did for me was not allow me to have a TV in my room. I will NEVER be able to thank them enough, or explain to them what that did for me.
At first I kicked and screamed because “all my friends are allowed!”… But soon, I started to build villages, pianos and other musical instruments out of aluminum foil. I started to make guitars out of Kleenex boxes and rubber bands. I wrote poems and stories – I even wrote a 100+ page murder mystery when I was in elementary school (it was in a journal and I counted every page I was so proud). I made my own full make-up set with computer paper and markers, you could literally take the lip gloss brush out of a cylinder I created by bending paper and taping it. I read books… I painted… I collected rocks. I played the harmonica. I filmed documentaries and forced my parents to star in plays.
I love technology, and I feel that it has awakened our society more than anything ever could thanks to the Internet. The media is owned by a mere 6 corporations, which are all owned by elite bankers, thus our news is censored. The only place I get real information and news is the internet. I wouldn’t be able to reach thousands without it. BUT… sometimes even I struggle with knowing when to put it down. I need to force myself to stop checking my phone when I’m studying. And I see the younger generation is even more addicted. I can’t be around a child more than 30 seconds without them asking to see my phone. Kids don’t play anymore unless it’s on ipads. It’s scary, and I don’t want our future leaders to lose their imagination.
Your children will thank you more than you could ever imagine if you just say “NO” to the ipads and phones. It may not be an immediate thank you, but take it from a once-screaming-7-year-old-now-20-year-old… I will never be able to repay them. This is my moment of gratitude. Thank you mom and dad.