Happy World Gratitude Day
Matthew Shaw and Annie Newman

Today, September 21, 2023, is World Gratitude Day.

World Gratitude Day is a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for! 

So, what's the deal with gratitude? Well, it's like a superpower for positive thinking. When we take a moment to appreciate the good stuff in our lives, we cultivate a positive mindset. 

And here's why:

  • Boosts Happiness: Gratitude makes us feel happier and more positive. It's like a mood-boosting supplement, but better!
  • Strengthens Relationships: Saying "thanks" to people who rock your world can strengthen your connections. It's like adding extra glue to your friendships.
  • Builds Resilience: When life throws you a curveball, gratitude can be your secret weapon. It helps you bounce back and find silver linings, even on cloudy days.

So, what can you do today to practice gratitude? Here are some simple ideas:

Gratitude List: Jot down three things you're thankful for. It could be your pet's cuddles, a surprise snack, or that funny cat video you watched this morning.

Say Thanks: Send a quick "thanks, you're awesome" message to someone who's made your day better. It's like a gratitude high-five!

Random Acts of Kindness: Do something kind for someone just because and help share the good vibes!

Stop and smell the roses: Take a moment today to pause and enjoy the little things, like the taste of your favourite snack or our beautiful fall day.

Encourage and challenge yourself to take a moment today to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Contributed by Matthew Shaw and Annie Newman, Senior School Counsellors