SAP: Student Assistance Program

November 2021 : Gratitude


“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold rather a large amount of Gratitude.”

–A. A. Milne

Gratitude is a mindset!

Gratitude is about being aware of what’s around us, not just what’s within our reach or within our circle of influence.

Being grateful is good for our physical, social, and mental health, according to gratitude expert Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis. He knows because he has studied the impact of gratitude on thousands of people of varying ages. What are these benefits?

  • Physical benefits of having an attitude of gratitude include a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, better quality sleep, and waking refreshed.
  • Mental benefits of gratitude include having more positive emotions, being more alert, and experiencing more joy and optimism.
  • Social benefits of gratitude include being more helpful, compassionate, forgiving, and outgoing.

Take the Quiz

Are you truly grateful for the good things in your life—or do you take them for granted?

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practicing Gratitude (and 10 things I'm grateful for)

Purpose of This Emotion

People can use gratitude to form new social relations or to strengthen current ones.

Acts of gratitude can be used to apologize, make amends and help solve other problems.

Alternatively, people may feel gracious because it can be an intrinsically rewarding process. Simply being grateful for being alive is a great way to motivate oneself to seize the day.

The idea that tomorrow is not guaranteed is a strong motivator for some people to be their “best self” today.

How to Teach Children Gratitude: It's more than just saying thank you

  • Model saying Thank You and write Thank You notes

  • Start a Gratitude journal and provide writing prompts

  • Ask Gratitude Questions

  • Perform Acts of Kindness together

  • Model Gratitude and appreciation for everyday pleasures and experiences

  • Family Gratitude Project

  • Establish a Gratitude Ritual at dinner or bedtime

  • Look for the Silver Lining in bad situations

Online Gratitude Journal for Teens and Adults

Gratitude Motivational Video

SAP Can Help with Student Mindfulness!

What is Mindfulness?

  • Mindfulness helps students manage their stress more effectively and work through it more quickly.

  • What SAP Can Offer:

    • short-term one-on-one problem solving services including but not limited to: follow up from a crisis, follow up on a former SAP case, support for re-entry into school, substance use policy violation, support while waiting for community counseling services
    • Groups! These groups are: psycho-educational and age appropriate. Some examples of groups are: Friendship Skills, Anger Management, Career Choices, Healthy Decision Making, Coping Skills, Addiction Education, Grief & Loss, Children of an Addict, and many more. Ask your school's SAP counselor if you are looking for a specific group topic!

    How Do I Find the SAP Team?

    To reach out to your SAP team, contact your school counselor, teacher, principal, etc. You can also go to your school's website and see if your SAP liaison is listed there.

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