For the month of October, we will be focusing on developing an attitude of GRATITUDE at CTK!! Gratitude is a skill and takes practice! As a school, we will be recording something different every day that we are grateful for. You may even want to try this at home. As a family, during dinner or before bed, write down or simply think about something that you are grateful for.
Gratitude is often described as a relationship-strengthening skill. Recognizing what others contribute to our lives and acknowledging them for this has been shown to make us feel better, reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and generally boost our health. Gratitude helps us realize what we have. When we take a moment each day to list or to simply think about all the things we are grateful for we feel more content and happy. This could simply be acknowledging that we have food to eat, clothes to wear, a good friend, a supportive family, or a loving pet. Even people in the toughest situations bounce back faster when they are grateful. Regularly expressing gratitude helps us see the positive things in our lives, rather than focusing on the negatives. Gratitude also increases our compassion and makes us more likely to “pay it forward” and help others in need, so it’s a great way to spread goodness and improve others happiness while improving our own at the same time.
RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF GRATITUDE
- Gratitude boosts feelings of joy, pleasure and happiness
- Gratitude helps us bounce back from stress and adversity more easily
- Counting your blessings instead of sheep isn’t just a saying; Gratitude helps us fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed
- Feeling grateful allows us to forgive more easily
- Gratitude improves our friendships
- Gratitude helps us feel more connected to God, our school, and community
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have” – Frederick Keonig