By: Dawn Cranston, Elementary Principal
Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to remind us of all that we have to be grateful for and why being grateful is so important.
Before Thanksgiving break, I shared with each of the elementary classes research on gratitude. One study I shared asked participants to write a few sentences each week focusing on particular topics. After ten weeks, the group that focused each week on what they had to be grateful for reported feeling more optimistic and felt better about their lives. They also exercised more and visited the doctor less than the group that focused on sources of aggravation.
I also shared with our students that thankfulness comes up 71 times in the New Testament. It makes sense that the God who made us and has a plan for our lives would know that being thankful is one of the best ways to enjoy the life He gave us.
Students were challenged to find three things each day to be grateful for. I shared that, if they did, after one year they will have found 1,000 blessings in their life.
What are you grateful for today?