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Gratitude Journals

Adopting an attitude of gratitude can help improve overall feelings of wellbeing in students. Students struggle when they first begin the practice of gratitude journals because they think that they can only feel appreciative and thankful for big events in their lives. Without going through a big event, they feel they cannot be thankful or happy. The gratitude journals help students appreciate small events and small things in their lives. As we progress through the year, there is a greater sense of calm in the students, and they become quicker at finding small things to be grateful for. Students also appear happier and more appreciative. A student in the class said that it helps them "find more meaning in their day." They noticed a big shift in emotions and feelings when they did not do the journaling during Spring Break. The gratitude journal helps them "look forward to each day."

Updated: Wednesday, July 5, 2023