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Gratitude for November, and Always

By: Emma Davis/ Editor-in-Chief

Gratitude, the act of being thankful, is directly linked with greater happiness, according to medical research.

In a recent article from Harvard Medical School, the author writes, “Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.” 

The Harvard research concludes that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

Views from A Guidance Counselor

Carly Corbin, a BR high school counselor says gratitude helps people navigate complex situations.

“I think gratitude is one of the core values. It is so important to see the good in your life because it can help when challenges come your way. Gratitude helps boost positivity all around.”

When asked where she sees the most gratitude, Corbin says, “I see and experience gratitude in my office with students or staff, with my family, and with my closest friends.”

Ways To Show Gratitude

Showing gratitude doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, anyone can show gratitude in a matter of seconds just by acknowledging all the things for which they are thankful. However, for those who want to take it up a notch, keeping a gratitude journal may be just the thing. Other minor things one can do include writing a thankyou card or telling someone how greatly they are appreciated.

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Student Views on Gratitude

BR senior Abby Laude says being grateful should be emphasized more. 

“I think a lot of people don’t have enough gratitude for others.”

Laude says being grateful helps her appreciate those who play an important role in her own success.

“I am thankful for my family that has always been by my side and pushed me to be the best version of myself.”

Junior Emma Piechocki agrees with Laude and says: “I think gratitude is important, because it shows what you are passionate for. Everybody shows gratitude in different ways and I feel it’s important to express our gratitude.” 

She also said, “I am thankful for my friends and family. They always make me laugh, even when I don’t feel like laughing.”

Importance of Gratitude

According to Psych Central focusing on the more positive thoughts like gratitude can improve your thinking pattern. Plus it can help boost your mood. So, what are you thankful for?

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Emma Davis
Emma Davis
HomeTown: Pennsylvania, New Milford High School: Blue Ridge School District What I Do: I’m entering Junior Year of High School where I plan to work towards college to achieve a career in writing. I enjoy reading,writing, and listening to people. I believe it is very important to share the powerful words we possess with the world. Interesting Fact: I try to wake up at 5 AM everyday but I hit the snooze button everytime. Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned: You can choose how you respond to a difficult situation. Favorite Movie: The Illusionist Favorite Book: I don’t think I could ever pick one. What I Like About Raider Reader: I like the fact students are given the opportunity to share their opinions, to be able to have a voice is so important. Raider Reader also allows students to be able to learn more about what’s happening in their school and can create healthy conversations between their peers.
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