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A season of gratitude

The grateful life

Harvard experts say gratitude is not only beneficial for individual health, but also for the wellbeing of society.

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Saying thank you

Members of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2023 took a moment to thank those who helped them most.

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To my father, whose left leg was afflicted with polio: Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a man and to walk with dignity.”

William Mbongo

A medical school student wearing a white coat stands on stone steps
I want to thank my mom and my grandmothers, who have taught me that women are powerful."

Logan Beyer

A medical school student wearing a white coat stands in front of a stone pillar
Mommy, I want you to know I have the privilege of putting on this white coat and feeling like a superhero because of you."

LaShyra “Lash” Nolen

A medical school students stands outside wearing her white coat

An attitude of gratitude

A mom looks on as her daughter holds a toy

Teaching kids about gratitude

Gratitude is about more than just saying “thank you.”

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  • Graduate School of Education

Talking about thanks and giving

A family holds hands while sitting around the Thanksgiving table
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  • Harvard Divinity School

Practicing praise and gratitude

A man stands in a chapel
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  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Writing notes of thanks

A Harvard staff member writes puts a thank-you card in an envelope
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  • Harvard Chan School

An optimistic outlook may be a healthier one

Laura D. Kubzansky
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