Gratitude

Ronan And His Acorn

Ronan And His Acorn

 

Ronan wants this post to be focused on gratefulness.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

What are you thankful for Ronan?

“I am thankful for my home, I am thankful for my life, and I am thankful for my food.”

What are you thankful for Zahra?

“I am thankful for the stuff that we eat, and my family. I am very grateful. And I love the house that we live in. Are you grateful for something mom? What are you grateful for?”

Joyful Zahra

Joyful Zahra

This is a powerful question to end and begin the day with.  I am extremely grateful to my son for reminding me of the power of gratitude. I am thankful for my family and thankful for the love that I experience from being surrounded by their presence and energy everyday. The amount that my children teach me in awareness is limitless.

The next time that you have 12 minutes free in your day, I recommend that you watch Shawn Anchor’s Ted Talk -‘The Happy Secret To Better Work’. Shawn’s research focus is positive psychology. His talk is not only laugh out loud funny, but may change your viewpoint on happiness. He also gives steps that he has found in his research that have actually trained brains to become more positive. One of these steps includes everyday writing down 3 new things you are grateful for.

“See what we’re finding is it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

Emotional Learning. Whether you are a parent sending your child to school, or educating at home, emotional awareness is a foundation for learning. It guides our interactions, our thoughts and therefore our actions. It guides our entire educational process.  We, as parents create and lead the emotional atmosphere that surrounds our children.  Studies have shown that a child’s brain development and structure is affected by the emotional atmosphere they grow up in.

Are we angry and show this often on our face and through our body language? Or do we smile often? Do we express and show love and kindness?

Why not start with gratitude?

We all have our difficulties, our down times, maybe even sometimes feelings of dispair. But if how our brain views the world shapes our reality and happiness, why not make it positive?

Why not start with gratitude?

What will our school day look like then?

 

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