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November 2019 Sustainability Newsletter

Welcome to the next Wellness & Sustainability Council newsletter! During this busy time of year, it is important to take a few minutes each day to give thanks for everything in your life. Science has proven that gratitude is an integral part of a happy and healthy life. Gratitude can improve psychological well-being, make you happier, improve your relationships, and even counter depression. Do you want to learn more about all the potential health benefits of living a life of gratitude? Check out the following article published by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/is_gratitude_good_for_your_health

Gratitude is also beneficial for children. The results from one study (Froh, et al., 2008) indicate that young adolescents (ages 11-13) who express gratitude are happier and more optimistic, more satisfied with school, and feel better social support, compared to their less grateful counterparts. To learn more about the benefits of gratitude on children and young adults, consider reading the following article.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/3Froh-BlessingsEarlyAdolescence.pdf

Parents and caregivers can help to foster gratitude in our children. Gratitude can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Here are a few of our favorite ideas from Pinterest to involve your children in the act of giving thanks.

  • Make a gratitude jar. Leave small pieces of paper and pens near the jar and invite your family members to write a note about what they are grateful for that day. Read the notes together at dinner.
  • Create a gratitude turkey. Make a turkey out of construction paper. Cut out feathers and attach them to the turkey after your family members write a note of grateful on each feather. 
  • Make thank you cards for family, friends, and neighbors. Think of ways in which these people have made your life a little easier or brightened your day. Why not thank them with a handmade card? 
  • Make a hand-print gratitude wreath – Trace your child’s hands and use them to make a wreath. Hang the gratitude wreath in a prominent location and add a note of thanks to a hand-print each week.
  • Create a gratitude tree. You can make a paper tree, or if you are ambitious, collect some branches from outside and place them in a vase. Have your loved ones write down something they are grateful for on each leaf and hang the leaves on the tree.