Evidence That It Works
Research has found that teens who had high levels of gratitude when entering high school had less negative emotions and depression and more positive emotions, life satisfaction, and happiness four years later when they were finishing high school. They also had more hope and a stronger sense of meaning in life.
Why Does It Matter?
School is preparation for life. Thus, students who have a greater sense of well-being are on track for becoming well-adjusted adults. In addition, both hope and feeling like your life makes sense and matters — or a sense of meaning in life — may encourage students to use their lives to contribute to the betterment of society. Indeed, one study found that teens with a strong sense of purpose also had a sense of gratitude for being able to give back.