Whenever we talk about truly changing the world, it is imperative that we focus our attention on the youngest generation – those whose lives stretch out long before them, and who hold the vast possibilities for our world in their hands. Young people can benefit significantly from learning about grateful living, as they are subject to increasing amounts of stress, as well as cultural pressures and influences which can have them feel like they are always “lacking.” And as they are often highly attuned to their inner and outer experiences, they also have a great deal to teach about gratefulness.
Grateful Living practices for youth can be shared in families and in educational settings, in after-school programs and in peer groups. There are riches in gratefulness to be mined and offered for young people, and the effects of this practice will be far reaching. It is important that the focus on teaching grateful living to youth be deeply informed and shaped by young people themselves, and that the approaches are tailored.
(Human Postcards, June 2015) Iñaki is an 8-year old boy from New Zealand. Here is his one minute response to the question “What’s the most beautiful thing that happened in your life?”
The mission of Cricket is to inspire children to a lifelong love of reading and learning. In addition to fourteen children’s magazines, Cricket offers a unique assortment of enlightening and entertaining products with an emphasis on educational benefits. The variety of books, crafts, toys, and gifts not widely available, all bring a sense of fun to the learning process.
(2010) In this TED Talk, young Malawian William Kamkwamba describes how he built a windmill to power his family’s home aged 14, during a time of poverty and famine. The windmill produced electricity and was built from spare parts and scrap.
The first Kid President video was created in July of 2012 out of the simple belief that kids have voices worth listening to. “We’re doing this because we believe kids can change the world. We also believe grown ups can change the world. It just takes all of us working together.” This website is filled with fun, wise and inspiring videos created by 10-year old Robby (Kid President) and his family.
(2014) A Random Acts of Kindness Challenge winner is a first grade class in Fresno, California inspiring their entire school with kindness!
(2012) Music video about Gandhiji’s Life with Gandhi Rap Gandhi Giri sung by MC Yogi
We are grateful for the following books which have delighted, informed and enchanted us with their bold and loving invitations to children (of all ages) to live a wholehearted and grateful life.
* Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know they are there….
Camp director Richard Bernstein put out an empty mayonnaise jar with paper and pencils beside it and a suggestion to write thank you notes. He never dreamed how full that jar would get and how it transformed the camp.
Excerpts from the introduction of Howell’s book – the first comprehensive text that is solely dedicated to the specific relevance of gratitude to the teaching and learning process.
Can one teach gratefulness? I find that a person is either grateful or not. —…
I am 17 years old and I am doing a major school project on gratitude/thankfulness….
I’m thankful for my board game, I lost the dice and pieces. I’m thankful for…
The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics lie before us. the steep climb of everything,…
I love working with clay, I feel like I could work with it all day,…
All day a boy plunges his hands into his pockets. Tickets, tape, crystallized stones, a…
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