"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy. Last week, SMHS students participated in an assembly where they witnessed firsthand the power of expressing gratitude to others.
The dictionary definition of gratitude is: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. This sounds so simple yet in today’s ambitious world, it can be difficult to practice but in just a few minutes a day we can cultivate this important attitude. The benefits of gratitude go far beyond making the world a kinder place. There is much scientific research indicating personal benefits as well including increased happiness, improved relationships and physical/psychological health, better sleep quality, improved self-esteem, etc. Here is one article to explore this topic more in depth: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude
Here are a few suggestions on how to cultivate gratitude:
Grade Level Updates:
Seniors: Congratulations! You are nearly through the college application process. Now that your applications have been sent you will start receiving decisions from the colleges. Here are a few important reminders
Juniors: College applications are approaching quickly! You and you parents will be meeting individually this month to choose senior year classes and to engage in the college process more fully. You will receive valuable information to help you navigate your way through Naviance, the college application process and much more.
Sophomores & Freshmen: Try to find your balance! When choosing classes don’t take on too much and be sure to make time for co-curricular activities. Have you committed to membership in any clubs or activities? Getting involved in clubs, sports, work or volunteering to help others can help you learn more about yourself and can be fun! The Collegeboard states, “Most college applications ask about your activities. That’s because the things you do in your free time reveal a lot about you — in ways that grades and test scores can’t.”