Expressing Gratitude Is Good for Us All!

Julie Laing and Bill Christy

 

We don’t know about you all, but we are incredibly grateful to have the ability to head back to campus next week and see our students and colleagues live and in person! In the midst of what has been such an uncertain and difficult time, this ability to return to campus is certainly a bright spot for us all. We’d like to take this moment to talk about how recognizing this “bright spot” is beneficial for our emotional well being.

Psychology research shows that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. We believe that focusing on gratitude can positively change one’s perspective and we encourage our students to do so, even while we acknowledge that sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s all that much to be grateful for.

We would like to encourage you and your family to also focus on gratitude as we head back to school. There is so much negative in the world that we could choose to focus on, but focusing on the negative will in turn make us FEEL negative and unhappy. We all have a choice. If and when possible, focusing on what we are thankful for and what IS going well vs. what is not, will help you and your child feel better. This article has some great conversation starters included to help you connect with your child about the positives in their lives. We hope you find it helpful and want you to know that we are so grateful to be partnering with you all!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/12/04/prompts-get-teens-talking-about-gratitude/