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CPS Newspaper

by Na'sia Smith

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CPS Newspaper
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A newspaper by CPS 8th graders... Throughout this edition, you will learn about what these students are most grateful for :)
Nov/Dec 2023
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The Power of Gratitude

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By Tahirah S.
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As we enter the holiday season, we can use this opportunity to reflect on the people and things we are grateful for. Even if things are not perfect, we can all choose to focus on being grateful. 

What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is being appreciative and thankful for the people, things, places and experiences in your life.

Why Is Gratitude Important?
Gratitude is important because it helps people feel better about themselves, improve their mental state/emotions, help them with their self-love, and build a strong relationship with others.


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Nick Vujicic is now 33 years old. He was born with a rare disorder known as Phocomelia. When growing up in Australia, he went through mental, emotional, and physical problems from being bullied which led to him attempting to commit suicide at the age of 10. While growing up, Nick realized that his disability made him special and unique. Nick started to talk to big groups of people who thought they were different and felt insecure about themselves. Nick’s words inspire people to notice that their “differences” are actually a gift from God.

The moral of Nick’s story is to be grateful for what you have and embrace your life.

Be sure to show appreciation to your family, friends, and your life during this holiday season.


5 Ways to Practice Gratitude
  1. Every morning think of three things and people you're thankful for. 
  2. Say kind things about yourself to boost your self-esteem.
  3. Meditate. 
  4. Start a gratitude journal or jar.
  5. Make peace with yourself.