I recently facilitated a professional development session on self-care, where a leader within a school jurisdiction shared an activity that he brought to his staff during a time where work-related stress was high and staff morale was low. The activity focused on gratitude and resulted in greater happiness and resiliency amonst staff. Here is a brief overview of the activity he shared:
1. Set up a gratitude box (e.g. shoebox, jar, etc.) in a staff room or common area where staff can write down a positive moment from their day.
2. Encourage staff to contribute at least one moment daily as this is a great way to take a break from a negative or difficult moment and practice gratitude by thinking about one positive event from the day.
3. Bring out the gratitude box and share some of the moments at the beginning of each staff meeting.
4. Invite staff to open the box when they need a positive break in their day.
If that's not for you, Harvard Health Publishing's HEALTHbeat has a ton of other ideas on ways to cultivate gratitude.