Many of us practice special traditions during this time of Thanksgiving. Some may make efforts to be more giving and generous throughout the month of November. Often families share things around the dinner table for which they are grateful. Did you know that research demonstrates that a thankful attitude is linked to both physical and mental health benefits?*
A generous attitude comes naturally for many of us, but thankfulness and giving can be cultivated by participating in activities that promote gratitude:
- Share good news with friends and family and encourage them to do the same. Experiencing joy is magnified when we share those moments with others.
- Be aware of daily occurrences that are positive and reflect on the things that bring happiness to your day. This could be as simple as an interaction with a family member, stranger, co-worker or fellow student.
- Begin and keep a gratitude journal, even if you take just a few minutes each week to write experiences and things in your life for which you are thankful.
- Thank a peer, friend, teacher or family member who has made a positive impact in your life. Tell him/her specifically what he/she has done to make a difference for you.
The counseling office at Saint John’s Catholic Prep would like to wish everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
*American Psychological Association, Mayo Clinic: Mental Health
Source: United Health CareJulie Hoehn, MS, Ed., NCC School Counselor
and Paulette Anders, MBA, MS College Counselor