From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:
We’re sharing a message that is perfect for Thanksgiving break. This week is about primers – an action, word, or object that activates certain parts of the brain just before carrying out a task. Primers can help us find gratitude in different moments throughout the day. You can choose a physical object: a piece of jewelry that’s special, a picture of a loved one, or anything that brings a positive thought or experience to you. Another option is to make your own primer. Use these suggestions over the Thanksgiving holiday if you’re feeling crafty:
- Gratitude stones: get a small stone (smooth is best for painting), paint pens or acrylic paint, a fine paintbrush and decorate the stone with an inspiring word or a picture.
- Picture Collage: find pictures that make you happy to create a collage you can hang in a spot that you’ll see throughout the day.
- Make it Stick: choose the primers you like and copy them onto colorful post-it notes to hang in prominent places around your home.
Remember, allowing gratitude has many health benefits. Not to mention, it just feels good to appreciate the small things and be grateful.
“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsh
We’ve faced a lot of challenges this year. But at the Center, we still have a lot to be thankful for. The support that you’ve given the Center has helped us through our hardest times. Thank you, on behalf of all of us at the Center. The generosity of this community gives us hope that we will one day be even stronger that we were before.