Thankfulness Challenge


Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can have a huge impact on your life. The actual physical makeup of the brain changes and makes people more positive, joyful and content. One way to do this is as simple as writing down or journaling about 3 things you are thankful for every day for 21 days. A fun activity your Sources of Strength team can sponsor is a Thankfulness Campaign.

You can use our Thankfulness Journals, our Thankfulness Posters or create your own way to spread messages of gratitude in your school or community.

Watch this video for ideas to get started.


Social Media: Everyday for 21 days, post 1 thing you are thankful for and hashtag #thankfulnesschallenge and #sourcesofstrength. You can also take photos of people with their Thankfulness posters and share them on your school’s Sources of Strength account.


thankfulness collage

Videos: Create a short video with as many people as possible naming things they are thankful for. Watch this video for tips on how to make a great video. 



Hallway Displays: Have as many students and staff as possible fill out Thankfulness posters. Use these posters to create a large wall display. Take a photo of your display and post it on your school’s Sources of Strength social media accounts. 

School-wide Activities: Brainstorm activities you can do to share messages of gratitude in your school. Use these activities as opportunities to pass out Thankfulness Posters and Thankfulness Journals. Collect the posters to use in a large wall display. Encourage students and staff to use the journals for a 21 day Thankfulness Challenge.