A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE

A NOTE TO OUR TEACHERS

To the Teachers at Lions Gate,

I want to tell you how impressed I am with how gratitude was incorporated into the year at Anchor Point.  I saw students learn about gratitude for oneself when they identified their strengths at the parent-teacher meeting. The birthday card celebration (when the students write birthday letters for their classmates) has the students expressing gratitude for others. I observed this firsthand when I attended the beautiful birthday celebration for Christian in the lower elementary class.

I studied gratitude as part of my research program at UBC for a number of years.  In my research on gratitude with my counselling students (Chlebak, James, Westwood, Zumbo, & Shapiro, 2014), we showed that when you have gratitude for yourself, you also demonstrate self-compassion, self-awareness, self-esteem, happiness and improved health. Gratitude for others was linked with improved compassion and empathy. It also showed deepened relationships with classmates, professors, friends and family members.

Few, if any schools, teach gratitude.  I am delighted that this is happening at Anchor Point.  This is one of the many reasons we are so happy to have Christian in your school.

Be Well,
Prof. Susan James, Ph.D., Counselling Psychology, UBC

References: Chlebak, C. M., James, S. Westwood, M. J., Gockel, A., Zumbo, B. D., and Shauna, L. Shapiro. (2014). Mindfulness Meditation & Gratitude Journalling: The Experiences of Graduate Counselling Psychology Students. Counselling and Spirituality.

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