Gratitude Essay

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STUDENT GRATITUDE ESSAYS The following essays are from high school students from a study Dr. Robert Emmons and I are in the midst of conducting. Students were given the following instructions: Please write a SHORT ESSAY about what being thankful means to you. There are no right or wrong answers. What being thankful means to you may not be the same as what it means to your friend. Here are a few gems illustrating gratitude’s association with personal and relational wellbeing in adolescents. “What being thankful means to me is to see everything as a gift from God. I see my very life as a gift from God, and I am so thankful to know him. He has always provided for me with everything that I need so I never need to worry because he takes care of me. I am so thankful for my school, the teachers, and my close friends. I thank God for bringing me though all my 12 years of school. I thank God for the loving family I have. I have so much to be thankful for. Each day of my life, I live for Jesus Christ.” "My life wouldn't be the same without the people that have shaped and molded my character. They have given me everything I wanted and have helped me succeed, and for that, I am thankful. I think it is important to be humble, and remember all of the people that helped you get to where you are, whether it's your parents, your siblings, or God. Being thankful is being able to let go of all ideas of self-importance, and instead acknowledge everything in your life that has made it better. I am thankful to God and my family, and my friends, and even my teacher for help me improve my life." "Being thankful to me is appreciating everything God has given you. I think it means counting your blessings and being grateful for all the wonderful things in your life. Being thankful to me means stopping to realize I have a wonderful supportive family as well as other relatives who care and love
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