Teaching Gratitude to Support Social and Emotional Development

This week is National Volunteers Week (1-7 June 2020) and we can recognise the commitment of volunteers by saying ‘Thank you!’ During this challenging period, volunteers are making a huge difference to the lives of others. Over the past few months, volunteers have: delivered food or prescriptions, befriended vulnerable neighbours, produced PPE for essential workers and much more with a humbling community spirit.

Our message is…

‘You are kind and selfless. Your support is appreciated and recognised. Your strength will be vital in the recovery of this country. Thank you!’

Do you know a volunteer? How can you thank them? Feedback on your gratitude.

Are you volunteering? Tell us about your experiences.

Are there ways you can volunteer? Post any suggestions you have in the group.

Teaching gratitude supports social and emotional development. It helps us understand others’ feelings, practice empathy and learn the social power of kindness and appreciation. Research suggests people with daily gratitude habits are healthier, more empathetic, have higher self esteem and even sleep better.

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