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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 say 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.


  • Think about a person that you appreciate.
  • On a plain piece of paper or notecard express your thanks by highlighting the reasons for why you feel appreciative. It could be for an encouraging word, a task done well, or an extra step taken.
  • Use your creativity by drawing a picture, adding a poem or inspirational quote on the note.
  • Hand deliver or mail your note.
  • Once the activity has concluded, 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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