©2019 Vanessa Callaghan

What People Say

"I've definitely noticed my daughter's language change around thanking me and others and thinking about gratitude--just yesterday she made a beautiful double-sided card for my mother, who has come to town to help out while my husband is out of town.  She verbalized it too, 'It's fun having you here, Granny.' It made my mother's day!"

"We couldn't have done this year without Vanessa."


"Working with Vanessa was like a breath of fresh air.  I realized things didn't have to be so crazy.  I didn't have to keep asking if my child's behavior was normal or not.  She helped me find my calm and be more clear on how to set limits and hold the line with love.  I don't know what I would have done without her help!"

"I learned so much in her workshop and now I have so many useful tools- and they work!"

"I appreciated how everyone was encouraged to participate in the discussion and activities. I am normally a quieter person and enjoy mostly listening, but I felt safe and excited to join in and share during discussions about such an awesome topic."

"My students loved the gratitude practices and were incredibly engaged in the program."

"You helped me turn things around-now my classroom is easier to manage!"

"Vanessa knows how to work with everyone, from first-year assistants to veteran head teachers.  Her feedback has been so helpful for all of our teaching teams."

"During the workshop, I tuned back into the values of appreciation that I grew up with and I am so grateful for Vanessa's workshop!"

“I have very much enjoyed collaborating with Vanessa on research with children. Her creativity, knowledge and skills with developmentally-appropriate practices has made our partnership very productive. Thanks to her dedication and insight, we have refined a much-needed gratitude measure for preK and Kindergarten children and have developed a corresponding gratitude curriculum that children absolutely love. I'm excited to see what our research on creating and testing these valuable resources will show!”

-Giacomo Bono, PH.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at CSU, Dominguez Hills, co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, Associate Editor for The Journal of Positive Psychology, and director of the Greater Good Science Center's Youth Gratitude Project