A daily dose of gratitude can transform attitudes, ideas, and eventually results, by changing how we view and experience our surroundings. This is especially important in schools, where a daily gratitude journaling exercise or a gratitude-centered conversation can increase both student and teacher satisfaction, as well as enhancing performance.
A study on the effect gratitude journaling has on students found three key principles that can support the practice of gratitude journaling.
1) Notice intentions: Encouraging students to appreciate the thought behind gifts they receive can help cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.”
2) Appreciate costs: It is important to be aware that when someone is helpful, that person usually sacrifices time and effort to provide that help.
3) Recognize the value of benefits: View fostering gratitude as the act of giving and receiving a gift.