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This 6th grader finds reasons to be grateful every day.

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This episode of Like a Sponge was produced by Carol Lloyd and Charity Ferreira for GreatSchools, thanks to the support of U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the John Templeton Foundation. Sound editing and design by Christopher Ferreira. Special thanks to Yusuf Abdi; psychology professor Giacomo Bono; psychology and neuroscience professor Andrea Hussong; and Sara Ries and family.

Music in this episode: “All American Canal,” by Blue Dot Sessions; “I Want It Now,” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; “Balti,” by Blue Dot Sessions; “Kinder,” by Copper Wimmin; and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” by Sly & The Family Stone. Like a Sponge’s Season 2 theme is Blue and Green by RimskyMusic.

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Updated: September 30, 2021