๐Ÿฆƒ Thanksgiving & How to be happy

I wrote this a while back but it was so popular Iโ€™m writing it for you again this year. Enjoy โ€“ Richard

We all want our kids to be happy.

Truly, really happy.

Some of us try things like fun and games in class.

And that helps.

For a little while.

And Iโ€™d always trade โ€œbored in classโ€ for a smile.

Some try to give presents and unconditional attention.

That rarely works.

And just makes them crave it more.

But โ€ฆ there is one, true way to be happy.

And it is easy to do.

We could all do it tomorrow.

The happiest people are doing it today.

Itโ€™s simple.

โ€œI want that car.โ€

โ€œWhy does she earn more than me?โ€

โ€œWhy donโ€™t I have that?โ€

These are the reasons you get unhappy.

So just flip it around.

Just look at what you *do* have.

Then be super, utterly, truthfully grateful for it.

Donโ€™t believe me?

Just try it now.

Pick something you are grateful for.

Something small.

It might be the computer or phone you have.

The friends you have here.

The one kid in class who always makes everyone laugh.

That feeling you have is happiness.

And we need to bring it to schools.

I didnโ€™t write theย โ€œThanksgivingโ€ lesson for Thanksgiving.

I wrote it because I want the kids to have at least one chance today to think and sayโ€ฆ

โ€œIโ€™m thankful for โ€ฆ.โ€ plus something.

Even something small.

This could be the biggest lesson you ever give your students.

And if they remember it, it will make them happier than anything in the world.

Truly, really happy.

So we can all do it Iโ€™ve made the song free on Youtube.


The game is simple.

1. Draw a picture of something you are thankful for.

2. Present it to the class.

Iโ€™m always thankful for each one of you.

I hope soon your children will be too,ย becauseย you ย showed them at least one light of happiness in whatever problems they have today.

Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Be genki,


Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

6 Responses to “๐Ÿฆƒ Thanksgiving & How to be happy”

  1. Elvira

    Itโ€™s my turn, Richard now) Thank you for the wonderful course I have ever had!

  2. Joy

    Thank you Richard for sharing

  3. Lisa Saunders

    Thank you too Richard! Even though I am not teaching ESL at the moment, I continue to read your wonderful emails! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Carmen

    I am grateful for being in this group and especially with you, Richard, leading at the top. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving Day for you and your family.
    Best Regards,

  5. Judith

    I’m very thankful for being part of this group of commited teachers. Thank you for all your help, Richard. You are the best!

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