Viewing the world and their relationships through a lens of gratitude can help students to notice and appreciate the positive things in life, even where there may be adversities. It is these very skills that guide children to be resilient, to keep trying even in the face of failure or difficult feelings, and to view circumstances in life from a “glass half full” perspective. In addition, noticing gratitude can help with sharing gratitude, which can have positive consequences for classroom relationships.
Testimonials From the Field-Test
Benefits for Educators:
- “Educators get to know their students on a deeper level and can be more responsive to them.”
Benefits for Students:
- “Over the week, students got better at looking at the positives in their day.”
- “Students really enjoyed doing this on a Friday afternoon before the weekend.”
- “We actually did this activity three mornings in a row and the kids voted to complete the week participating on Thursday and Friday as well. Their words were it makes us feel “sunny” inside and it sticks with us for the rest of the day.”
- “I will continue to use this for the rest of the year. I have made coil books for students with extra paper to add anything they wish. I post daily quotations from a desk calendar on the board under a section “Keep the Quote” and many students have been pasting these into their books as well. I showed them my gratitude journal that I have had for over 20 years – filled with quotations, comics, notes, etc. They were very receptive to the idea of looking back at their own journals in a couple of years” (Gratitude Journal).
- “What went well was developing the awareness of what gratitude is and having students develop awareness of how much they have to be grateful for their lives and for themselves.”