Hall Counselor Corner - May 18

May 2020/ Volume 1/ Issue 7

Family Gratitude Jar

Last week I said I was going to focus on one section from the PPS calming room and look deeper into those sections. This week I want to talk about journaling. As I wandered around my house the other day I couldn't help but laugh at myself - there were easily 5 different journals that I have started and stopped. Throughout my life, writing has always been a way for me to look at things and help me find a different perspective, or to just chronicle a memory that I wanted to keep.


My favorite journaling activity, and it's one that I want to challenge ALL of you to do is a daily gratitude practice. This is something we do often here at my house. It doesn't need to be anything fancy or super complicated. You don't need a journal or a notebook - you can easily use scraps of junk mail or pieces of any paper you can find. Here is how to create a family gratitude jar:


  1. Locate a container of some sort - jar, box, even a reusable grocery bag can work
  2. Get paper & pens - you can cut them into squares or slips of paper
  3. Every day have everyone in the house write at least one thing they are grateful or thankful for. Some of your children have done this type of activity with me and can tell you, writing done something to be grateful for doesn't have to be big or special. Sometimes I am simply grateful for a cup of coffee in the morning or clean dry socks.
  4. After a set period of time - at least a week - you can take out the pieces of paper and read them.


So why do this? Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It can help you feel more positive emotions, improve your health and address adversity with more positivity. It's not magic and it doesn't take away hard things, but it can make those things feel a little less hard. As we are headed into this new period of the unknown, it can be an anchor for our children and help them focus on the good surrounding them.


In gratitude

Ms Shannon

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Salvation Army food boxes available

Easthill church on Main St. in Gresham is giving out fresh food boxes through the Salvation Army every Wednesday in the morning from 9am- 1pm until June 6th.

They also give a $25 gift card for fresh eggs, milk.

GBSD Resources

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https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=9033