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Growth Mindset & Gratitude

As we continue on the path of distance learning, let us focus on two practices that have been proven to have positive impact on both mental health and wellness: growth mindset and gratitude.

First, people who practice a growth mindset see adversity as an opportunity for progress, show persistence when faced with challenges, and benefit from other’s positive examples. One of the reasons growth mindsets have become so popular is because they help individuals cope with life’s difficulties. One of the most important things adults can teach children of all ages is to cope. Teaching and demonstrating a growth mindset is a researched technique that helps people become resilient and resourceful. These are especially important tools in time of uncertainty—much like the one we are enduring now. If you would like more information on growth mindset parenting click HERE to access additional parent resources on this topic. 

Another important practice we can implement in this moment is gratitude. In tough situations, it is natural to focus on the negative. Cameron Mosley, Ph.D. in his article entitled How to Prioritize Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic, addresses the importance of gratitude. He shares a quick exercise to help readers focus on gratitude: list five things to be grateful for each day. Below is an example of this activity. Click HERE to be redirected to the full article. 

  1. I am grateful for the support of the BA community. 
  2. I am grateful for more time at home with my family. 
  3. I am grateful for nature and the warmer weather God is sending our way. 
  4. I am grateful for technology so I can stay connected with friends and family. 
  5. I am grateful for health, and I am especially grateful to all the essential professionals who are continuing to help keep all of us healthy.