An Attitude of Gratitude
This year I have been trying to focus on an attitude of gratitude. Listed below is some information that has been helpful in my life in understanding the meaning of gratitude, why it is important, and ways to practice gratitude. This year part of my daily planner has a space for writing “gratitude’s”, and this has been extremely helpful to keep me focused on having a thankful heart. ~ Blessings, Mrs. de los Santos
What does gratitude mean? Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individuals. The person who feels gratitude is thankful for what they have and does not constantly seek more.
Why is gratitude important? In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways.
How do you practice gratitude?
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Mrs. Smart's Class
Try these ideas:
Each day think of 3 things you are grateful for. Nature. People. Community. Shelter. Creature comforts like a warm bed or a good meal. It's amazing what you notice when you focus on feeling grateful.
Start a gratitude journal. Making a commitment to writing down good things each day makes it more likely that we will notice good things as they happen.
Practice gratitude rituals. Some people say grace before a meal. Pausing in gratitude before eating doesn't have to be religious. It's a simple habit that helps us notice and appreciate the blessing of food on the table.
Fundraising, It's Not Just About the Money
For non-profit organizations like St. James Episcopal School, fundraising is a huge part of what keeps our program running. While the annual budget is comprised mostly of tuition collected from our enrolled families, 14% must be covered by other sources such as fundraising. In order to guarantee the long-term success of the school, both parent and community involvement is necessary. Fundraising requires the School Board of Trustees, the Administrative staff, and the school’s PIE Committee to take an active role in planning, prioritizing, and strategizing to optimize efforts and maximize funds based on the resources available. It acts as a form of advertisement for the school by allowing members of the community, not normally associated with the school, to donate to our efforts. It fosters a sense of unity and empowers our families and staff to share in the passion of our mission here at SJES. Lastly, but most importantly, fundraising requires us to keep moving forward. Without the efforts of board members, staff members, committee members and the commitment of each of our families, St. James could not continue to be a leader in education in the future. We pride ourselves in laying the foundation for each of our students to become Christian leaders for a better tomorrow. - Mrs. Nebel
CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS
Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, was the home of the Wampanoag people, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620. The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants called Puritans who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These "separatists" sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620 to settle in a "New World." Carrying 101 men, women, and children, the Mayflower traveled the ocean for 66 days and due to windy conditions, they were forced to cut their trip short and settle at what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies. Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki people, and Squanto, a Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English, visited the settlers. Squanto helped them grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the settlers and the native people, and in March 1621, they joined together to protect each other from other tribes. In the Fall, settlers and Native Americans were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. For three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat; very different from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast. Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought.