If we are going to tap into the power of gratitude, we need to be intentional about practicing it, looking for it, and consistently doing it.

As this first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close, we are moving our focus from “Gratitude” to the second aspect of the GROW Time theme: “Resilience”. But before we do, let’s quickly review of how we can GROW to be more Grateful:

  • The Science of Gratitude: Science has shown gratitude has many benefits for us emotionally, physically, and psychologically.
  • The Power of Gratitude: Gratitude can help us gain back some control we have lost during the pandemic and help us navigate our current reality better.
  • Looking for Gratitude: To build gratitude into our lives we need to look for it. We have to be intentional with gratitude. Gratitude does not happen automatically.
  • Choosing Gratitude: A key component of gratitude is that we need to choose it consistently. The best step is to find a way to make it a habit.
  • Express Gratitude: An easy way to experience more gratitude in our lives is to say “Thank You” more often.
If we are going to tap into the power of gratitude, we need to be intentional about practicing it, looking for it, and consistently doing it. As the world is becoming more interested in the concept of “gratitude” and its importance, a number of apps have been developed to help us practice and develop grateful habits. I mention apps because they can help us make gratitude a consistent part of our daily lives, remind us to be grateful, and help us show gratitude. Here are a few suggested gratitude apps to try out for our phones and tablets:
  • Bliss: Daily journal prompts to help users be grateful (AndroidIOS)
  • Delightful: Simplified version of a gratitude journal (AndroidIOS)
  • Gratitude: A large variety of features to help users be grateful (AndroidIOS)
  • Presently: A scaled back, bare bones gratitude journal (Android)
  • Morning: Customizable app to help users be grateful (IOS)

There are many more gratitude apps out there to consider downloading and using. Receiving a “Gratitude” reminder each day might just be the key to experiencing gratefulness and all the wonderful benefits of making gratitude a part of our daily lives. 

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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