Thankful at Thanksgiving

October 10, 2017 amandar 0 Comments

A Gratitude Guide for Students

Being a student isn’t easy. The workload, the pressure to do well, the need to keep up it’s a lot to manage. There really isn’t much time to pause and reflect on why you’re doing it all in the first place. With pumpkin spice in the air and midterms looming, Thanksgiving is a welcomed break. A chance to reconnect with family and friends and some extra time to catch up on those readings. A moment to catch your breath, if only over the long weekend. It’s also a great time to be thankful for how far you’ve come and for all the stepping stones to your success.

Think about a teacher who really made a difference in your life. Consider the various opportunities that have led you to where you are today. Remember that really awesome grade you got on that project and how good it made you feel. Think about what you’ve learned inside and outside the classroom, and how you can use your knowledge and skills to help others. In addition to celebrating your wins, this is all part of practicing gratitude.

There are a lot of reasons to practice gratitude, including reduced anxiety, improved sleep quality, and overall enjoyment. These are all amazing benefits for your success as a student, as well as for your general wellbeing. It can also help you stay mindful and present in the moment. So this month, we’re inviting you to take a moment and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who am I thankful for?
  2. What am I proud of?
  3. What have I learned?
  4. How can I help others more?

You may find it useful to write your answers down in a journal, or talk with someone.  If you’re feeling extra thankful for someone in your life, tell them!  And give a heartfelt thanks when you receive a compliment yourself. Remember also to be thankful for yourself — for the time and effort you’re investing in your education, development and future. Thank yourself for fully showing up to your classes and your studies. All the late nights, readings, essays, exams, that’s all you! Practice gratitude as you go, and you’ll be extra thankful when all that hard work pays off.