“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis
Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It’s about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access.
Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice. One often hear the statement that before one can love another one first need to love ourselves. Gratitude helps one to recognize more of their own inner beauty, skills, talents, achievements, and how one is able to use these to give to others and the world. The facilitators at KR Mangalam world school, GK II conducted sessions for the students of classes VI-VIII. These were specially designed focusing on celebrating and appreciating oneself, ones’ accomplishment, whether huge or small, and accepting themselves the way they are. Facilitator made the students understand the importance of self- gratitude as it improves intrapersonal relationship of an individual and increases levels of self-awareness.
Learning was enhanced by working together and performing skill based activities. Students of class VIII were given worksheets and were asked to complete sentences based on the topic Body Gratitude. They were also told that most of the time, we people easily criticize our body mainly due to socially constructed norms, so today they need to only focus on praising their body. The main idea of this activity was to become more grateful to the body parts one has been blessed with.
Students participated with full enthusiasm and were asked to write a letter stating the use of self gratitude. Gratitude letter writing was very helpful for students as they shared their experience and realized that they have always focused on the negatives and the flaws instead of focusing on the great things their body has been doing for them.
Students of class VI actively participated in group discussion based on how life would be without the essential things and people. Based on the same, facilitator reinforced the students to make a thanksgiving card using an A4 sheet and some decorative material. They were asked to choose one person either a family member or a friend who they think they are very thankful to and dedicate that card to them. The activity ended on a happy note and everyone enjoyed showing their creativity at their best.