“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
— The Lion and the Mouse
November is national gratitude month! The holidays are just around the corner, reminding us that this is the best time to show gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. But being grateful goes beyond simply saying “thank you.” That’s why Summit is observing National Gratitude Month and encouraging it in students to be thankful. Teaching a child about gratitude not only creates good manners, but promotes a healthy lifestyle and mindset and a better attitude about school. Below are six tips for instilling the gratitude in your student at home and in the classroom.
- Dedicate time each day to have your student think and reflect on all they have to be thankful for. It could be anything from siblings to a favorite teacher to simply the air that they breathe. The possibilities are endless!
- Start a gratitude journal. Every day, have your student write down at least one thing they are grateful for. Over time, they will have manifested a fantastic new habit and a thoughtful record of all their many blessings.
- Pass out thank you notes. Handwritten thank-you notes are the perfect way for students to express gratitude and make the recipient’s day. And while it’s more than appropriate to send notes as a follow-up to birthdays and other special occasions, encourage students to write thank-you notes for the people in their day-to-day lives.
- Teach your student to appreciate the “unsung heroes” in their life. From the bus driver to the crossing guard to the cafeteria worker, there are unlimited opportunities to recognize and thank those who have done something special for them each day while asking for nothing in return.
- Take the time to help others. When students give their time and energy to help others, they’re less likely to take what they have for granted. There are plenty of opportunities and outlets to help from raking leaves for an elderly neighbor to volunteering at a nursing home a few hours a week to donating old toys and clothes to the less fortunate. Remember the old saying, it’s better to give than to receive
- Set the example. When students see us expressing sincere thanks as part of our daily life, they’ll be more inclined to do so as well. And be patient. Children can’t be coaxed into showing appreciation, but your efforts and examples will instill gratitude as a way of life.
Show Us Your Gratitude
Summit wants to see how you are showing your gratitude this month. Tell us on our social media sites (LINK HERE) using the hashtag #NationalGratitudeMonth. We may feature you in a future Summit Newsletter!
Sources include MargaretPage.com, NationalDayCalendar.com, Parents.com