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by Catharine Hannay
“I would maintain that
thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Here are a variety of resources to help adults and kids learn about and practice gratitude, including:Gratitude Activities
- teaching tips;
- research links;
- songs and videos; and
- several different types of activities.
- Three Ways to Practice Gratitude Every Day: Gratitude Journal, Mindful Eating Gratitude Practice, and Be Grateful in All Things
- 7 Gratitude Practices, for Teachers and Students by Season Mussey from her book Mindfulness in the Classroom: Mindful Principles for Social Emotional Learning
- 9 Simple but Powerful Gratitude Practices to Share with Your Students by Erin Rado of Mindfulness + Magic
- More Than Saying Thank You: Activities That Encourage Awe for the Ordinary by Brandi Lust of Learning Lab Consulting, from her book Myths of Being Human
- Noticing the Five Senses: A Daily Mindfulness Log can be used as a reminder to be more appreciative of the simple small moments of happiness in our daily lives
Quotes, Blessings, and Parables
- Secular and Spiritual Perspectives on Gratitude: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Humanist blessings.
- Tales of Generosity: Lessons on Gratitude and Compassion: a variety of tales of giving, from serious to ironic.
- Mindfulness and Happiness: quotations about appreciating the present moment and experiencing contentment.
Songs and Videos
by Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod
for Empty Hands Music
Songs and Videos about Gratitude
The Video Playlist on Practicing and Teaching Gratitude includes reasons to be grateful and the science of gratitude.
- Songs About Gratitude, part 1
- Songs About Gratitude, part 2
- Great Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, and Gratitude
These websites have a lot of useful resources on practicing and teaching gratitude.
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley:
- What is Gratitude?
- Why Practice Gratitude?
- How Do I Cultivate Gratitude?
- Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids
- Thanks! A Strengths-Based Gratitude Curriculum for Teens and Tweens
A Network for Grateful Living (Gratefulness.org):
Mindful magazine (Mindful.org):
- Four Ways to Foster Gratitude in Children
- Four Ways to Wire Your Brain for Gratitude
- How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain
- Three Guided Meditations to Foster Deep Gratitude
- What Science Reveals About Gratitude’s Impact on the Brain
- Why a Grateful Brain is a Giving One
There are many more resources for teaching mindfulness, compassion, and SEL at mindfulteachers.org/p/mindfulness-resources.html, including:
About the Author
- Expert interviews with experienced mindfulness teachers and teacher trainers;
- Video Playlists on mindfulness, compassion, and self-care; and
- Activities for Exploring the Five Senses
About the Author
Catharine Hannay is the founder of MindfulTeachers.org and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance.