When you’re stressed, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking. Stopping to count the things you’re grateful for can bring you back into the present moment and put life into perspective.
Research shows that expressing gratitude regularly can improve your physical health, social relationships, and sense of self-worth.
This practice can also help you to become more resilient in the face of challenges, and lead to higher levels of positive emotions, like joy, pleasure, happiness, and optimism.
This weekend, we challenge you to create your own gratitude list. Try focusing on positive aspects of your classroom, things you like about your students, or pleasant interactions you’ve had with your coworkers.
You can even start a journal to help you cultivate more gratitude and positivity throughout the week. On days when you’re feeling down, refer back to it as a reminder of the abundance in your life.