Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership

Try this: give thanks

As those of us in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s nice to remember the powerful effects of showing gratitude for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

In a recent article in the New York Times, John Tierney reported that:

Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.

The article below lists several suggestions about how to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.” The author suggests keeping a gratitude journal – a place to write down 5 things you feel thankful for each week. What a great way to start class with your students or meetings with your colleagues. We might also suggest a leadership twist: take the time to tell 5 of your colleagues or students why you are grateful to work with them each week. Take a look at the research and think about the power of gratitude culture in your classroom or school.

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