How to Encourage Gratitude in the Classroom

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Having gratitude for the situations in our lives, whether good or bad, is a wonderful skill to learn. Learn how to encourage gratitude in life and in the classroom. Teachers have a wonderful opportunity to teach children the value of saying thank you and describing why they are thankful.

In 2006, psychologists did a study of parents’ descriptions of their children’s strengths.  They found that gratitude had the strongest relationship to life satisfaction.  However, trying to make grateful kids isn’t just an issue for families; it’s an issue for society as well. As the world becomes more culturally diverse and digitally connected, and as complex societal problems mount, gratitude can help catalyze the motivation and skills kids need to succeed.

How can you encourage and foster children to be more grateful?

Everyone needs to do their part to help kids develop into moral adults, who will contribute to a world of compassion and care. But, while there’s no quick fix for cultivating gratitude in kids, the more we remain committed to it, the more rewards we’ll reap.  You’ll find techniques here to show children how to be thankful in various ways. You can teach children to write down what they are grateful for into a gratitude journal or a gratitude jar, to be grateful for themselves, and even how to have fun while giving thanks.

Having a sense of purpose in life gives kids a compass for creating a meaningful life. It’s the grown-ups job to help kids discover their passions and to find a path to purpose that resonates with their own values, interests, and dreams. This starts with supporting their interests in the social issues that they care about most.  The deepest sense of gratitude in life comes from connecting to a bigger picture, to an issue that matters.

To learn more about how to encourage gratitude in the classroom, read the original article here: 10 Classroom Activities About Gratitude