This month Lincoln School is focusing on the hard character trait- Gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, what one wants. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. We would like the children to focus on acknowledging the good in their lives and to learn to say, “thank you!” We want students to take a moment to recognize what they do have. This simple gesture can change outlook and help guide someone through a difficult time. Parents can teach this trait by focusing on the positive, accepting the mishaps in life with a smile, and sharing something that brought joy each day. Some parents like ending the day with the question, “What were you grateful for today?” Parents can also acknowledge those who made difference in their lives.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson