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Expanding Compassion

Thank you, too!

Expanding Compassion

Thank you, too!

Learning Outcomes

Social awareness
Relationship skills

Materials Needed

Paper & Pen

Time it Takes

5 minutes

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Did You Know?

Expressions of appreciation have even more power when we put them in writing. When we thank someone, it is likely to elevate our mood and to cause a ripple effect of gratitude and positivity.

What?

A powerful practice that encourages the participant(s) to show appreciation to others by saying thank you to someone like a classmate, sibling or someone at your local grocery store.

Why?

Often, we forget to thank the people in our lives who are present for us in small, everyday moments. In giving thanks to the people in our life, we also open the door to receiving their thanks in return.

How?

  • Ask participant(s) to think about a person that they appreciate.
  • On a plain piece of paper or notecard, the participant(s) should express their thanks by highlighting the reasons why they appreciate this person. It could be for an encouraging word, a task done well, or an extra step taken.
  • Invite the participant(s) to use their creativity through drawing a picture, adding a poem or even an inspirational quote which reflects their sentiment.
  • The Thank You note can be hand delivered, emailed or mailed.
  • Once the activity has concluded, the participant(s) share their experience using the suggested conversation starters as a jumping off point.

Conversation Starters

  • How did it feel to express your gratitude? Did anything surprise you?
  • How do you think your thoughtfulness may have impacted the person(s) that you thanked?

Dive Deeper

  • Make a list of people you want to thank directly and slowly move through the list by offering your thanks and appreciation. You can do this face to face or make it even more special by writing it down.

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