The Incredible Power of Gratitude

Have you ever reflected on all that you’ve received from your parents, teachers, family, friends, and others?  If not, now is a wonderful time to start.  Here are some specific suggestions:
  • Think about what your parents have done for you.  Focus on the positives.  Avoid thoughts about what you feel your parents could have or should have been.  Remember, no one is perfect. Not even your parents.  Nevertheless, they’ve probably done far more for you than what you’ve ever done for them.  Develop a deep feeling of gratitude towards your parents.  All your interactions with your parents should reflect that feeling of gratitude.
  • After your parents, comes your teachers. Think about your teachers and how they have helped you learn and develop.  To whatever extent possible, reach out to them and express your gratitude.
  • For many of you, there will be grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunties, cousins, and friends who have helped and supported you.  Be grateful to them and find ways to make them happy.
  • Think of people who have driven you around, who have cooked for you, who have cleaned your houses, your classes and your hallways.  Often, they work very hard and yet are completely unappreciated.  You can change that!