In this exercise, youth will have the opportunity to express their gratitude to others in a thoughtful manner through a handwritten letter. They will need to think of people (relatives, friends, coaches, teammates, teachers, etc.) who have been especially kind to them or have made a significant impact on their life.
This activity works best with youth in grades 3-12.
- Pen or pencil
- Postage stamps
- Introduce the activity by telling the youth that it is important to show gratitude. People appreciate being told “thank you” or that they did a great job on something. Have them think about the people in their life (relatives, teachers, coaches, teammates) who may have helped them along the way.
- Have the youth draft a letter using the following form:
- Greeting Usually starts with “Dear” and includes a capital letter and a comma.
- The main part of the letter. This is where they will write specifically what the individual did to positively affect their life.
- Usually starts with “Sincerely” or “From” and includes a capital letter and a comma.
- his is where they will write their name at the close of the letter.
- Once they complete the letter, have the youth properly write the address on the envelope, add the appropriate postage, and put the letter in the mailbox.
Source: Gratitude Letters for Youth. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkley.