Attitude of Gratitude

This term at Good Shepherd, we are working hard to develop in our community an Attitude of Gratitude for each and every moment of each and every day. Why? Well take a moment to read the following and I think you’ll understand – quite simply – grateful people are happier and learn more.
One of the most impressive reasons for being grateful is the positive impact on the way you think and feel. Research shows that grateful people have, “higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy . . .”
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving, and being. It is appreciating the little things, which happen around you and within you every day. It is having a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world. It is being aware of the gifts in your life. (Virtues Program).
There are three levels of gratitude:
1. Being thankful for what is done for us (a kind word or deed, a gift)
2. Being thankful for what we have (food, shelter, ease of living, love of family)
3. Finding something to be grateful for, despite the bad (e.g. finding something to appreciate when you’ve just lost the grand final)
gratitude.jpgMaking gratitude a part of everyday life:
If you have 3 minutes….
Practice a “30 seconds of gratitude” exercise. Help your child give thanks for something – a sunset, a family member or a nice deed done.
Encourage your child to pay a compliment to a loved one or to voice something they appreciate about that person.
Ask your child to tell you something they like about themselves.
Fill a “Gratitude Bag” at home
If you have 30 minutes….
“Touch the Earth” with your child. Spend some quiet time taking in the outdoors and appreciating nature Encourage your child to write thank you notes. Thank-you notes are a sign of good manners, a way for children to learn an on-going attitude of gratitude.
If you have 3 hours…..
Make a “gratitude visit” with your child. Assist your child to write a gratitude letter to someone, explaining specifically how they appreciate that person. Then take the letter on the visit and read it out loud to the person. Help your child to items for their toy box to sell with the profits going to charity.
If you have 3 days….
Encourage your child to keep a gratitude journal. Many children like to keep track of the events in their lives. You can encourage your child to keep a journal of what they are thankful for. (Taken from: Teaching kids to care: Nurturing character and compassion)
Building an “attitude of gratitude” at Good Shepherd:
This term children are asked to write a thankyou note to others in the school community – their classmates, students in other classes, or staff – and put it in our “Gratitude Bags” on the foyer prayer table. These will be then used in classroom prayer as we find out all the things children and staff are grateful for at Good Shepherd. Please encourage your child to write a couple of notes – come with them before or after school. Parents – you can write a thank-you note too! So until the end of Term Three, here is the Good Shepherd Thank You Project.
Who can participate?
ANYONE – parents, students, teachers, support staff, visitors.
Who do we thank? What do we do?
EXAMPLE 1: Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for helping me in maths yesterday. I can now solve that problem. Billy
EXAMPLE 2: Mum/Dad
Thanks for making my lunch today. That salad sandwich was really yummy! And the treat was awesome. Jane
EXAMPLE 3: Susan
Thanks for helping me pick up my pencils when they fell all over the floor. It made the job go much quicker. Sally
  • A box will be left inside the school office – drop your notes in.
  • A sample of a Thank you will be read out at Community Gathering each week – the rest will be delivered to the recipient.
We also encourage parents to write thank you notes to each other and also the staff. You do not have to sign your name if you want to remain anonymous.
Enjoy a great fortnight of being grateful.