Gratitude & Giving
Gratitude & Giving
There is no question that gratitude is good for you. Research shows that people who feel gratitude are less likely to be depressed and worried, and more likely to feel satisfied with their lives.People who have a broader outlook of gratitude – who are more likely to notice and appreciate the positive in the world – are more likely to engage in behaviors that help others. Gratitude is a key ingredient in the social rules of reciprocity, which essentially means that feeling grateful helps people“give back” what they have received.
“No one has ever become poor from giving.”
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School-Wide Gratitude & Giving Activity Ideas
- Create a gratitude wall for students and staff to contribute to in a common area.
- Provide students and staff with materials to create postcards of thanks to share with each other
- Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect & Act on Gratitude
Elementary Gratitude & Giving Classroom Resources
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
- Gratitude Spies. Play the “Spying for Gratitude” game. At the beginning of the day, have each child choose the name of another student out of a hat without revealing the name. Each student spends the day “spying” on his or her chosen person and then shares one thing that he or she is grateful for about that person during an end-of-the-day circle.
- Make the practice of gratitude a habit.
- Emphasize the use of “thank you” as an example of how to demonstrate gratitude.
- Try to find ways to expose your children to diverse cultures and life experiences.
- Acknowledge our veterans and other people who have given their lives and committed their service for the greater good.
- Give to others who have less on a regular basis.
- Whenever possible offer to help those in need around you.
- Tell your children that you are grateful for their own acts of kindness.
- Tell your spouse often and in vocal ways that you appreciate and are grateful for what they do and for their presence.
- Offer to help friends, relatives and other family members who are in need.
- Try not to expect that your children are going to be able to independently demonstrate gratitude and appreciation for what you give them any time soon.