Whether you're young or old, in classrooms or not, approaching life with an "attitude of gratitude" is certainly a good idea. I think it's easy for people, environmentalists in particular, to fall into a "doom and gloom mentality" based on how overwhelming some of our planetary problems can feel...especially given the economic struggles of the last few years. Yet, I think it's a good habit of behavior--and sometimes, depending on our perspectives, a bit of a perspectivizing challenge--to list all of the things in life we are thankful for.
This season of Thanksgiving, make a list of 5, 10, 20, perhaps even 100 things both in your life, the world around you (and the issues you believe in) that you are thankful for. Write it down, keep it somewhere handy, and check back in with it frequently
It makes for good "food for thought" as you celebrate your Thanksgiving feasts this season!
"Develop an attitude of gratitude,& give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger & better than your current situation.” ~Brian Tracy