The Growing With Gratitude website went live early 2015. Over the past few months we have had an abundance of teachers, schools and families join our community.
Growing With Gratitude is a program that has been carefully cultivated with the aim of creating the next generation of grateful, happy and flourishing children. Meaning this program has not been thrown together overnight with the hope it will impact lives.
I want to remind our community and inform our new members of the WHY behind Growing With Gratitude.
While working as a primary school physical education teacher in my early 30s I stumbled across a couple of books by thought leaders and scientists who were studying positive psychology and its impact on happiness, health and lifestyle.
The more I read the more my interest in this area grew, not just because it tied into my own goals of improving the wellbeing and health of young children, but because the ideas resonated with my own journey and personal challenges at the time.
Over the next few years I continued to read and research as much as I could. I attended conferences on the topic, read books by popular authors and psychologists such as Martin Seligman, Barbara Frederickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Shawn Achor among others, and adopted the best of their advice into my own daily life.
And after awhile I realised that all the research and studies were really saying the same thing: that contrary to our society’s long-held belief that ‘success’ is the doorway to happiness, gratitude and acceptance are the real indicators of future health, happiness and success in life.
It sounds really basic, but developing an understanding of this principle changed my life in powerful and profound ways and I began experiencing myself the positive physical and mental impact that this simple philosophy has.
Then one day while running on the treadmill I had a light-bulb moment – if learning these simple skills and techniques could have such a positive effect on my life at 34, what if I had been taught them when I was much younger? Like in primary school? What would my life have been like if I had these skills right from the start? And what would my students’ lives be like if I shared these insights with them?
There seemed no reason to me that the simple techniques used by adults to retrain their brains and change their beliefs couldn’t be taught to children, giving them an advantage and therefore setting them up for a lifetime of gratitude, optimism, kindness, serving others and success.
And so Growing with Gratitude was born!
The program aims to plant the seed of happiness early during the primary years … cultivate the skills during primary school … then harvest the benefits through high school and adulthood. And if we can do this then the end result will be a world full of grateful, happy and successful people!
Childhood/teen mental health issues continue to be a huge problem in todays society. Our program also aims to reduce this issue through teaching children positive habits based on gratitude, kindness, optimism, and mindfulness and serving others as soon as they start school.
We did not want to launch Growing With Gratitude without robust evidence of the program achieving what we aim to do. We teamed up with the University of South Australia and tested the program with over 600 children from Australia and Hong Kong.
You can CHECKOUT how Growing With Gratitude’s two feature program’s (school version, Teacher Tactics & family version, Home Grown Gratitude) work by CLICKING HERE.
Our research data has just come in and currently being analysed by Professor Debbie Price and Dr Deborah Green from the University of South Australia. The early indications are IT WORKS!
A full report will be made available once complete.
As a tribe let’s give our children/students and ourselves the opportunity to experience the power of positive habits.
Thank you for being part of the Gratitude Revolution. I hope you enjoy the journey.
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PS: If You Want To Teach Your Children/Students Habits Of Happiness In A Fun And Engaging Way – CLICK HERE
PPS: We currently have schools, teachers and families from 43 countries join the Growing With Gratitude community. Our quest is 50 by the end of 2015.
PPPS: Book your free 30 minute consultation. We’ll talk about your classroom or home, your questions, the program itself, and the best way to implement it in your specific circumstances
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