Give thanks for the simple joys of life


Corinne Scott

During this year’s annual Fall Fest, Sonia Kekeh, Drew Goodove and Anshi Bhatt practiced gratitude by collecting clothing donations from the community for the Disabled American Veterans Thrift.

An American educator, Randy Pausch, author of “The Last Lecture” once said, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest, yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” 

This author encourages people to be thankful, and with six and a half days off school in the month of November, it should be easy to find the time for gratitude. 

“There are lots of things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my wonderful students. That’s why I drive an hour to school every day,” said 2024 Teacher of the Year, Michelle Bailey-Hennessey.

According to Harvard University, gratitude increases happiness and emotional well-being. 

“I’m thankful for my job. That I have a job. For my family. For life. Health. Thankful for everything,” said Spanish teacher Gloria Rosado. 

Gratitude can be expressed through verbal and physical gestures, such as, writing a letter, giving a thoughtful gift, volunteering or complimenting others.

Many students had a chance at this year’s Fall Fest to write letters or collect clothes for veterans- a way to say ‘thank you’ for all they do to keep the country safe.

“I practice gratitude by saying ‘thank you’. I’ve always found this to be the most simple two-word phrase that can show appreciation towards someone who has gone out of their way to help you. It might be one of the best phrases in the English language, maybe in all the languages, and I try my best to use it whenever I can,” said senior Azaria Sheffield.

With November being National Gratitude Month, it might be the right time to focus on creating a more positive lifestyle.

“Anyone can practice gratitude, whether it be at the house, in school or on the field,” said sophomore Roman Chapman.