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Gratitude

Being aware and thankful for the good things that happen in life.

Why does gratitude matter?

When you are grateful you look for the good in the world and appreciate things that happen to you, or are given to you, which positively influence your life.

Gratitude is a strength that works as an antidote to our negative emotions. By noticing and appreciating the good things in life, we focus on and appreciate the present moment. Looking at the world with gratitude makes us participate in life; to live in the now. 

Gratitude is always a choice. It’s about appreciation, not expectation

This blog post explores the importance of gratitude in our lives.

Gratitude

 

What does gratitude look like?

Students with gratitude might:

  • form strong relationships with others through expressing their gratitude;
  • focus on what is going well in their lives;
  • express gratitude to their teachers, parents and coaches and know that their success depends on the support of others.

Teachers with gratitude might:

  • celebrate what is going well;
  • see the strengths in students and praise them for their efforts
  • feel grateful for the opportunities that teaching provides to connect with students in a meaningful way.

“Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbours build their philosophy of life”.