Cultivate Gratitude For Students With ACES

Students who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can benefit from a focused practice of cultivating gratitude.

One research article states the importance of:

“providing ways to action gratitude through student initiatives”


for children who have ACES.

The full article is linked here: Teaching With Strengths in Trauma-Affected Students: A New Approach to Healing and Growth in the Classroom  

This text box comes directly from the article and shows the increased psychological capacities and strengths in trauma-affected students.

Aces and gratitude

A daily home practice I have instituted is a gratitude jar:

Every night at dinner, my son and I sit down and write on a piece of paper one thing we are grateful for. Over time the jar has filled! With continual focus on what we are grateful for, we are better able to see all of the great things in our lives.

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Focusing on gratitude can help build resilience and makes individuals stronger.

Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude:  I have created a worksheet for adults (parents and teachers and older students) to fill out Be Grateful Worksheet. Take a minute to fill this out to encourage your mind to focus on gratitude. Think of ways you can continue a daily practice of focusing on gratitude.

In the comments put what you are grateful for!

Child Writing Thank you



3 thoughts on “Cultivate Gratitude For Students With ACES

  1. MiLisa Childers

    Gratitude is one of my favorite virtues and is so easy to practice once it is learned. I’m finding through the children in my life that teaching one how to cultivate an attitude for gratitude is not something that happens overnight. Daily practices such as this one help to instill those values. In our home we use a gratitude journal and the practice of saying thank you at least two times. Once immediately following a gesture and again at a time in the future when the other person isn’t expecting it. These help to remind us that you cannot express gratitude too often.

  2. Tess

    During my 26 year career in education my personal philosophy and approach to my job was to always look up to the students and children. I did this because I knew they were our future and one day I would need them to be “there” for me. Finding out, these last few days, the payoff of this approach. I’m grateful for the many Ashland High School graduates I encountered at Providence Hospital, medical professionals, who are caring for my husband, now, with excellence and compassion. I’m going to keep looking up to our youth.

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