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More Thoughts on Being Thankful

Allison Doering, 5th Grade Teacher
This time of year can be a flurry of busy days with too much to do. We are shifting our focus to, "What are we thankful for?" 
Our morning meetings this week have been geared towards that question as will our writing next week. This excerpt from The Huffington Post sums up why I teach being grateful, not just now, but always.

First of all, gratitude is healthy for us. Believe it or not, gratitude benefits adults and kids alike on a very basic level. In fact, a study conducted by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, reveals that cultivating gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25 percent. It can also cause individuals to live happier, more satisfied lives and enjoy increased levels of self-esteem, hope, empathy and optimism. Other studies have shown that kids who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and family.
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