November 23, 2020

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. We encourage families to come together to share what they are thankful for, while also showing gratitude in their community in meaningful ways. Below are a few ideas to get you into the holiday spirit.


 1. Support Local Small Businesses 

Although we can’t dine out or shop the way we used to, our local businesses are still working hard to serve our community. You can support them by ordering take out, shopping for their products online, or buying gift cards.

2. Find Volunteer Opportunities  

Especially during the holidays, many organizations need volunteers to help provide vital support to serve the communityIf you are not able to serve in person, find virtual opportunities to support those in need.


3. Reach Out to Your Neighbors  

During this time, many people may be feeling isolated or alone during the holiday season. Check in with neighbors, friends, and family to see if there are any small tasks you can help them with like taking their cans to the curb for trash day or picking up basic items from the grocery store during your weekly shopping trip. Small gestures can go a long way.

4. Give Thanks to Your Teachers 

Create a digital card or have your child draw a picture for a teacher to show how much you appreciate them and all they do to cultivate your students learning experience.


5. Think Globally, Act Locally 

Now more than ever local organizations like IPSF need the support of the community to continue our work. Learn more about how donations to IPSF support education in Irvine schools awww.ipsf.net/eef2020 

Together we are stronger, and together we can ensure a bright future for our community!