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Definition of Gratitude and Six Practical Ways to Teach It

Author: Dawn Mitchell


Hello everyone!

I know you and your students are very excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Last week I shared with you a resource and a quote regarding the importance of gratitude. This week I want to share the definition of gratitude and its benefits from Psychology Today:

“Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for  what one has—as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasis  on what one wants or needs—and is currently receiving a great deal of attention  as a facet of positive psychology.

Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half full. Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who  do cultivate it.  

In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.”

As we enter in to this Thanksgiving week, I want you to know how very thankful I am for how you tirelessly and thoughtfully pour into your students. I also want to share a great resource with six practical ways to teach gratitude to your students.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Dawn Mitchell

South Carolina ASCD President



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