There is research out there that correlates thoughts and feelings of gratitude to better health, both physically and emotionally. One of our social-emotional learning (SEL) goals we are focusing on with our students at school is optimistic thinking: focusing on the positive. It’s very hard to teach optimistic thinking and not have it trickle into your own life. I am ashamed to say though that in the busyness of life, I don’t stop often enough to reflect on what I am grateful for. It doesn’t take long; it just takes intentionality.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, I am grateful for so many things in my life but here are a few:
My wonderfully supportive husband, family, and friends…wish I could post pictures of everyone who supports me.
(I take absolutely no responsibility for the matching shirts!)
I have a job that I love.
(Positive Thinking Hats I made with our 3rd-6th graders for Standards Based Assessments.)