We’ve all been there. The 10-year-old opens a birthday gift, scowls and thrusts it aside saying, “That’s not the one I wanted.”
The gift giver is either hurt or angry, depending on temperament. The parents are embarrassed and mumble something to the child about saying thank you.
Ungratefulness is almost a hallmark of millennials, who have been called “Generation Spoiled” in some publications.
Two psychologists have just written a book after seven years of research that shows gratitude is one of the most important character traits for getting along in the world and being successful, and that it is a trait that can and must be taught.