#GivingTuesday Continues to Give with Gratitude Essay Contest


Gratitude is the “queen of the virtues,” says Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and one of the leading researchers of the virtue, because it enables so much else in life. A thankful heart is likely to belong to a happy, generous, healthy, and flourishing person.

But how do you say thank you? What are you thankful for in your life? Can you describe a person or object that you are grateful for? Why is it important to be grateful?

The Gratitude Essay Contest, sponsored by the 92nd Street Y’s #GivingTuesday campaign in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation, is a chance to think about and explore these important questions. Entrants over age 13 and under age 18 must write an essay between 250-400 words that addresses one of the proposed questions about gratitude. The winner will receive a TisBest Charity Gift Card, which works like a traditional gift card except the funds are designated to one of 300+ charity partners, and the essay will appear on the #GivingTuesday homepage.

Essays must be submitted by January 31, 2015. Full details and submission forms are available online. The winners will be announced on February 16, 2015.