Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues but the parent of all the others. —Cicero
The following exercise combines three practices of positivity, choice, and reflection. Hal Urban has conducted the exercise for many years with amazing results. Since young people think about what they lack—more often than they think about what they have—the exercise is a wonderful way to foster gratitude and positive thinking and self-discipline.
Inform your students to conduct themselves for the next twenty-four hours without complaining.
- Tell them not to stop the experiment even if they do complain.
Just have them see how few complaints they can make in one day.
- Give each student a blank card, such as 3