Grade 11 Peer Guide
“It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
― Melody Beattie
When is the last time you said thank you to someone? Expressed your love to a family member or a friend? Or maybe just smiled at the fact that it is a sunny day?
In today's society we are all so busy worrying about ourselves and all the bad things, that we don't have enough time to be thankful for all the good things in our lives. Which is why we as Peer guides have decided to host a ‘Gratitude Week’. This is a week in which the learners are encouraged to express what they are grateful for in their lives. It is a week for us to actually stop, take a breath and think about what we appreciate about our school, family, friends and just things that we encounter in a daily basis.
But why do we need to be grateful?
The most common thing I have heard others say to me, is their desire to be happy.If we want to pursue happiness in our lives we need to adopt a more positive and appreciative outlook on life and practice being grateful. It is scientifically proven that a consistent attitude of gratitude turns you into a happier, more optimistic and empathetic person. And ultimately isn’t this what we want for ourselves, for others? Wouldn’t we all want a school full of these type of people? A school where every learner has a positive outlook and a well balanced life?
So I challenge you to adopt an attitude of gratitude and express it openly not only this week but in the weeks to come. We all need to take a break a from our busy lives and actually reflect.
It doesn't take much to show your gratitude, you could just do one of the following:
So as you go into this week be sure to ask yourself-How am I going to practice gratitude today?