Robbinsdale Area Schools

RSI Counselor Corner: November Focus

November Month of Gratitude


Attitude of Gratitude


November Focus: Being thankful for things in our lives

Dear Families,

The theme for the month of November is Attitude of Gratitude.  An attitude of gratitude means making the conscious habit of expressing appreciation on a regular basis for big and small things alike. We may be grateful for our relationships, health, business, material items, food in our cupboards, running water in our homes, and our overall sense of well-being.

Students will be learning about an attitude of gratitude throughout the month through classrooms lessons facilitated by the school counselor. They will be reading books such as The Thank you Letter by Jane Cabrera, Thank you Mr. Falkner by Patricia Polacco, and Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora. Most students will be writing/drawing a thank you card for their teacher or another special person in their life. Students will also engage in other attitude of gratitude. As a school, we will be a grateful tree in the main hallway filled with leaves of gratitude. Enjoy the month of gratitude!


5 Ways to Cultivate an On-going Attitude of Gratitude

Popular author, Skip Prichard, suggests 5 ways to cultivate an on-going attitude of gratitude:

1. Write it down-Keep a gratitude journal. Try it for 30 Days. Be specific about what you are thankful for. Watch how your thoughts develop over time. You may start out simply-but when you add stories and color, it becomes more powerful.

2. Talk about it-Sharing what you are thankful for isn't just for Thanksgiving. Make it a habit to talk about what you are grateful for all year long. It will reinforce your feelings.

3. Meditate-whether you regularly meditate or not, take a break a few times a day. Focus on a spirit of thankfulness. Who are you thankful for? Bring the person to mind. Imagine your life surrounded with blessings.

4. Express it-Find that teacher who made a difference in your life, and tell him. Write a personal note and tell a long lost friend what she/he meant to you.

5. Seek it-If you want to be thankful, get around people with that characteristic. Some people just bubble over with enthusiasm and gratitude for life. I once met an elderly lady who was exuberant about life. She was in a nursing home and could have complained for hours. Instead, she welcomed me into her room and started telling me about the birds outside her window. She was thankful for their company, for their song in the morning, and for their vibrant colors. As I listened to her, I realized that I wanted that special spark.

Counselor: Collin Ernste (He/They)