With companies producing maximum advertising targeted at consumers this time of the year, (which in turn produces an unending wish list of desired stuff), there is good news for parents. Aric Rindfleisch, a Gies College of Business professor at the University of Illinois, recently co-authored an article in The Journal of Positive Psychology, sharing research results that teens who kept gratitude journals were less materialistic. Not only that, but the practice made teens more generous as well. The researchers suggest creating family time to share gratitude over a meal, or creating a gratitude jar. For the entire article, visit this link. Wishing you the best this holiday season! –Elaine B.