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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.


A powerful practice encouraging the participant(s) to show appreciation by saying thank you to someone like a classmate, school custodian or a local barista.


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


  • 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. It could be for an encouraging word, a task done well, or an extra step taken.
  • Encourage 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 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 do you think your thoughtfulness impacted the person(s) you thanked?
  • How did it feel to express your gratitude? Did anything surprise you?

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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