Course Description

Module 05: Gratitude


Scientific research has proven that gratitude is one of the highest contributors to one’s happiness and well-being. 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 well-being?

Knowledge that you will develop in Module 05:

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

Módulo 05: Gratitud


La investigación científica ha demostrado que la gratitud es uno de los mayores contribuyentes a la felicidad y el bienestar de de uno mismo. La gratitud se ha asociado positivamente con cualidades como la empatía, el perdón y la disposición a ayudar a los demás.

Pregunta Esencial:

¿Cómo el sentir y el mostrar auténtica gratitud contribuye a la felicidad y el bienestar de uno mismo?

Conocimientos que desarrollarás en el Modulo 5:

  • Comprender varias definiciones de gratitud.
  • Entender el poder de la gratitud.
  • Estrategias específicas para expresar gratitud.
  • Entender cómo se define gratitud en educación.
  • ¿Cuáles son las estrategias para implementar gratitud en el aula?

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

  • 1

    Welcome to Gratitude/ Bienvenidos a Gratitud

  • 2

    Week 1: The Science and Benefits of Gratitude / Semana 1: Ciencia y Beneficios de la Gratitud

    • Introduction to Gratitude / Introducción a Gratitud

    • The Science of Gratitude / La Ciencia de la Gratitud

    • Dr. Robert Emmons: The Power of Gratitude / Dr. Robert Emmons: El Poder de la Gratitud

    • Questionnaire: How Grateful Are You? Gratitude Quotient / Cuestionario - ¿Qué tan agradecido eres? Cociente de Gratitud

    • Discussion: I am grateful to... / Discusión: Estoy agradecido a...

    • Quiz Week 1/ Quiz Semana 1

  • 3

    Week 2: Personal Transformation Activities for Gratitude/ Semana 2: Transformación Personal y Actividades de Gratitud

    • Gratitude Letters and Visits/ Cartas y Visitas de Gratitud

    • The Science of Happiness: An Experiment in Gratitude/ Un Experimento de Gratitud, por La Ciencia de la Felicidad

    • Gratitude Journal/ Diario de Gratitud

    • Article: Top Ten Tips for Successful Journaling / Diez Tips para un Diario de Gratitud Exitoso

    • Savoring Life/ Disfrutando de la Vida

    • Assignment: Gratitude Journal 30 Day Challenge/ Tarea - Diario de Gratitud por 30 días

    • Quiz Week 2/ Quiz Semana 2

  • 4

    Week 3: Gratitude in Education/ Semana 3 Gratitud en Educación

    • Introduction to Gratitude in Education/ Introducción a Gratitud y Educación

    • Dr Kerry Howells: Gratitude in Education/ Dra. Kerry Howells 'Gratitud en Educación'

    • Assignment: Answer the Following Questions Pertaining to Gratitude in Education/ Responde las siguientes preguntas tomando el cuenta el video de la Dra. Howells

    • Quiz Week 3/ Quiz Semana 3

  • 5

    Submit your final project - Lesson Plan and Evidences (due week 4)/ Envía tu Proyecto Final - Plan de Clase y Evidencias (para entregar al final de la semana 4)

    • AVIVA Lesson Plan Description/ Plan de Clase Aviva - Descripción

    • Download the AVIVA Lessons Template here!/ Descarga el Plan de Clase de AVIVA

    • Upload your projects here!/ ¡Sube tu proyecto final aqui!

  • 6

    Week 4: Gratitude in the Classroom/ Semana 4 Gratitud en el Salón de Clase

    • Introduction to Gratitude in the Classroom/ Introducción a Gratitud en el Salón de Clase

    • Gratitude Journals for the Classroom/ Diario de Gratiud - Un Ejemplo en el Aula

    • Appreciation Cards for the Classroom/ Cartas de Apreciación - Un Ejemplo en el Aula

    • Gratitude Closing Remarks/ Cierre de Gratitud

  • 7

    Rate and Review this Course / Evalúa este Curso

    • Rate and Review M05 / Evaúa el M05

  • 8

    References and Research Articles / Referencias y Artículos de Investigación

    • References and Research Articles used in Module 5 / Referencias y Artículos de Investigación utilizados en el Módulo 5