Skills: Gratitude as a Tool for Coping with Challenges

Skills: Gratitude as a Tool for Coping with Challenges

Lesson 6 of 7 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will discover the importance of gratitude and how practising gratitude can help build resilience. They will learn to express gratitude and explore what others in their community are grateful for by producing a class magazine compiled of human interest stories.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn to express gratitude and understand how this practice can be used as a coping strategy.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • list what they are grateful for
  • contribute to a class magazine featuring human interest stories about gratitude
  • summarise the importance of gratitude and reflect on ways they can regularly express gratitude in their lives.

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Lesson details


  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Prototyping
  • Digital literacy
  • Creativity
  • Community engagement
  • Reflection

Curriculum Mapping

Health and Physical Education – Years 7 and 8 – Personal, social and community health – Interaction with others:

  • Examine the roles of respect, empathy, power and coercion in developing respectful relationships (AC9HP8P04).

General Capabilities – Personal and Social Capability – Years 7 and 8 – Self-management:

  • Select, apply and refine strategies to persevere when faced with unexpected or challenging contexts.

Syllabus outcome (PD4-3)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

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Additional Info

This lesson has been created in collaboration with LifeChanger Foundation to support teachers to deliver high-quality Health and Physical Education, as well as Social and Emotional Learning experiences.

LifeChanger’s facilitated programs and workshops aim to empower young people (Year 5-12) to live thriving, resilient lives. For more information, visit

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