Learning Goal

Students will gain an understanding of the meaning and value of gratitude.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Describe what gratitude is and how it can impact happiness
  • Identify what they are grateful for

Learning Summary

Studies have shown that when we practice gratitude, happiness goes up, stress and depression can go down, and we are able to build stronger relationships with those around us. This lesson provides students time and space to think about and practice gratitude.

The lesson starts with a mindfulness listening activity in which students at their desks pay attention to sounds in the classroom, in the hallways, in the school, and, if possible, even outside. The introduction leads students through a conversation on what gratitude means to them and a bit on the science about how gratitude increases happiness. You will guide your students in a mindful gratitude practice in which students take time to focus on all they are grateful for. Following the activity, the class participates in a gratitude circle, sharing one thing they are grateful for and why. Students end by drawing or writing their own personal reflection from the gratitude activities.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

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