Course Description

Module 05: Gratitude


Scientific research has proven that gratitude is one of the highest contributors to one’s happiness and wellbeing. Gratitude has been positively associated with qualities such as empathy, forgiveness, and the willingness to help others.

Essential Question:

How does feeling and showing authentic gratitude contributes to one's happiness and wellbeing?


  • Understand the various definitions of gratitude.
  • Understand the power of gratitude.
  • What are specific strategies for expressing gratitude
  • Understand how gratitude is defined in education.
  • What are various strategies for implementing gratitude in the classroom?

Senior Instructors

Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.ERIC B. HAMILTONEric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.MARY E. SANDERSDr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1: The Science and Benefits of Gratitude

    • Introduction to Gratitude

    • The Science of Gratitude

    • Dr. Robert Emmons: The Power of Gratitude

    • Questionnaire: How Grateful Are You? Gratitude Quotient

    • Discussion: I am grateful to...

    • Quiz Chapter 1

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Personal Transformation Activities for Gratitude

    • Gratitude Letters and Visits

    • The Science of Happiness: An Experiment in Gratitude

    • Gratitude Journal

    • Article: Top Ten Tips for Successful Journaling

    • Savoring Life

    • Assignment: Gratitude Journal 30 Day Challenge

    • Quiz Chapter 2

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Gratitude in Education

    • Introduction to Gratitude in Education

    • Dr Kerry Howells: Gratitude in Education

    • Quiz Chapter 3

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Gratitude in the Classroom

    • Introduction to Gratitude in the Classroom

    • Gratitude Journals for the Classroom

    • Appreciation Cards for the Classroom

    • Gratitude Closing Remarks

  • 6

    References and Research Articles

    • Aviva Lesson Plans

    • How to Upload Evidence

    • Certification Requirements

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