"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
It’s hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is already upon us. Office parties, endless shopping, so many sweet treats are on their way, oh my! It will go as quickly as it came, so before we get completely swept up in the holiday haze, let’s take a moment to remember what this season is actually about.
In a recent study, it was found that one of the largest contributions to one's overall happiness is how much gratitude one shows to others. Volunteers who read letters of appreciation aloud to those they were addressed to showed increases in happiness of up to 19%! Those who had the letter read to them showed equally high (or higher!) levels of joy. What could be a better gift than the gift of happiness?
Give your mentee the gift of giving these next couple of weeks before Winter Break by writing letters together to people who have positively influenced their life. This heart warming activity is a fantastic way to remind your mentee of the family, friends and teachers who impact their lives, as well as sharing holiday cheer!
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