Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, and Gratitude

updated January 27, 2020

posted by Catharine Hannay

In the song playlists for teachers, I try to include something for everyone. However, many of those songs are geared more toward adolescents and adults.

So here's a whole list with only songs that are appropriate for young children... although the rest of us would also benefit from belly breathing with Elmo!

Note: Parents and teachers, as always please watch the full video yourself before sharing it with kids. There's nothing I would consider at all offensive, but with such an international/multicultural/multifaith audience, I can't guarantee that every single image in all of the videos will be appropriate for your context.

Feelings and SEL Songs

Narwals and Waterfalls

Belly Breathe
Elmo, with Common and Colbie Caillat

The Breathing Song
Narwals and Waterfalls

Patty Shukla

I Can Still Be Me
Narwals and Waterfalls

Narwals and Waterfalls

Cookie Monster

Narwals and Waterfalls


gratitude yoga practice
Fireflies: Musical Yoga for Kids
song starts at 2:20

Sherri Boekweg

Thank Someone
Amy Grant and John Hiatt

CocoMelon Nursery Rhymes and Kids' Songs

Kids TV 123

The Juice Box Jukebox

Together is Better 
(“I'm grateful for my friends.”)

Facing Challenges/

Believe in Yourself Song, with Michael Bublé

Don’t Give Up, with Bruno Mars 

Power of Yet, with Janelle Monae


Everybody Be Yo'self, with Keb Mo

It's You I Like, video by Narwals and Waterfalls

The Ugly Duckling (“It’s good to be me.”)

What I Am, with Will.I.Am