Hello Maquoketa!
As we close out the month of November life can become even more hectic than ever.  That is when we really need to step back, slow things down, and try to take things one day at a time.  With so many “things” on our plates and the seemingly “lost” feeling we can get within the realm of education and life, it is important to remember the attitude of gratitude.  So here are three important steps we can all take to help get us through not only November, but the remainder of the year. (This is where I preempt this with “I am not a therapist nor do I play one on tv”)
  •  Retrain Your Brain. While your brain receives more than 11 million bits of information per second, it can process only about 40. Therefore, it takes practice to scan for the positive while screening out the negative. If you keep at it, you can turn your brain into an optimism machine, even if you’re grouchy by nature. “It doesn’t matter what you’re grateful for, What matters is that you are training your brain to view the world differently.”
  •  Pass It along. Gratitude has a ripple effect. That means parents can pass it along to their children.  Hold a daily family gratitude circle in which every member of the family describes three things they are grateful for that day.
  •  Email Your Thanks. Once a day, take two minutes and write an email to someone expressing your gratitude for something he or she did. You’ll be surprised how good this simple act will make you feel. It’s also a great way to foster a stronger social network.

As the old saying goes, “Attitudes are Contagious……Is yours worth catching?”

Thank you for all that you do for our community and our students here in Maquoketa.