Giving Thanks Keeps Students from Giving Up


By Lisa Nagle, Executive Director/CEO

Pacific Link International Educational Services (PLIES)

This week families across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving. This is a time when families travel even from long distances to celebrate, eat traditional food like turkey, potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie, cranberries and more. They come together out of GRATITUDE – thankful for what they have.

We tend to remember our negative experiences more than the positive ones. When we listen to the news we hear about all the negative events happening all around us. We tend to give more attention to negative events. To counteract one negative event experts tell us that we need three positive events.

This Thanksgiving Week in the United States provides a break from school for international students.  This is an opportunity to decide to be grateful. Gratitude is choosing to focus on the positive. It’s tempting to grumble and complain about how difficult classes or about the food or difficult relationships.

Take a step toward living a life of thankfulness. Try ending your day by writing down two to three items you are grateful for. They don’t have to be huge or life-changing; just little things. Do this for a number of days, and soon you will realize that you have a lot for which to be grateful.