In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
- Brother David Steindl-Rast
How can Expressing Gratitude help?
Studies have shown that gratitude results in benefits that include...
Reduced stress and sadness
Stronger immune systems
What will students do during their Gratitude Lesson?
Students will be read the book
The Secret of Saying Thanks
by Douglas Wood.
Students will then be guided through a
Start with a
Notice your mood right now and think about your happiness in this moment.
Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a large room that is completely empty.
Begin to imagine filling the room with all of the things that you are grateful for. Picture the people, things, and memories you love filling the room.
Continue to fill the room with small things you might not always think of such as clean water, food, sunshine, etc.
If you are not already smiling, try putting a small smile on your face and continue to imagine yourself in your special room. Take 30 seconds to enjoy this.
Assess your feelings of happiness as you start to open your eyes.
Students will sit in a circle.
Students will be asked to think about the things they are grateful for (from our brainstorm activity).
Students will be asked to share (voluntary) using the statement "
One thing I am grateful for is______because________."
We will, again, individually assess our mood.
Students will be encouraged to express gratitude to others in the room.
The thought "What is one thing from the last hour you are grateful for?" will be incorporated into our Mindfulness work.
More Gratitude Activities
Greater Good Magazine - Gratitude
Happiness and Joy Lessons
Classroom Gratitude Activities
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