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Hello Gratitude: Being Grateful for the Good Things in Life—Activity

mindfulness, early learning, K-5, social-emotional learning, gratitude

Updated October 19, 2021

In this free activity, which has been adapted from the free Mind Yeti* session “Hello Gratitude”, you can help students Grades K–5 notice the good things in their lives.


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  1. Say: Let’s take a moment to notice the good things in life and say thank you for them. Think about something that brought you happiness this week.
  2. Give examples: Maybe you had a favorite food or heard a song you love or had fun playing with a friend. Maybe a dog wagged its tail when it saw you. It can be something simple, like a joke that made you laugh.
  3. Say: For a moment, just remember that happy thing. Notice how you feel when you think about it.
    • Give students 15–30 seconds to think about what they’re thankful for.
      • Now, silently say thank you.
      • Notice how it feels to say thank you. Give students 10–20 seconds with their thoughts.
  4. Say: You can feel gratitude for big things and little things. It’s easy to forget the little things that make us feel happy every day.

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