Hampton Journalism

Holly Herzberg - Superintendent and Director of Assessment

The month of November is a time to give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives. Being intentional to give thanks for the people, our health, our jobs, our education and so much more is something we all need to practice regularly. The busyness of our lives often causes us to rush through our daily routines stressed, pressured, and unhappy. I challenge you throughout the next month to take time to slow down, become more observant of the positive things all around you, and practice an “Attitude of Gratitude”. 

According to 7 Mindsets by Jeff Waller and Scott Shickler there are four critical components of an Attitude of Gratitude: 

 1. Treasure Yourself – We create the wonderful lives we want by harvesting the great things within us. There are often things we don’t like about ourselves, but we must recognize that we’re made of far more wonderful things than not. 

 2. Be More Grateful – We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in life. If we focus on the positive things, they expand and guide us down the path to our dreams. If we spend our time in regret, jealousy, and anger, then the negatives multiply and we likely find our dreams sidelined and our goals unattained. 

 3. Thank It Forward – One of the best and quickest ways to feel better and become happier is to do something for someone else. And the easiest as well as one of the most powerful things we can do for someone is express gratitude for who they are and what they mean to us. 

4. Elevate Your Perspective – People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all situations, even those that seem completely negative. 

 We have so much to be thankful for at Hampton Public School. I encourage everyone to THRIVE through the next month with an attitude of gratitude!