I want to thank you right now. I want to thank you because you have taken this moment in time to read this post and, that alone, makes me happy and if you do not read even one more word, I still will feel deep gratitude.
Do you really know what gratitude is? Have you ever pondered the idea?
Gratitude is an emotional state of mind. To be gracious means to have an attitude towards life that gives us, as humans, a sense of rational and personal well-being. It is a strong feel good emotion that releases endorphins that relaxes the body and makes us feel happy. That is why positivity begets positivity! It is ADDICTIVE!
On Tuesday, people around the world celebrated #PositivePostItDay. The day began a few years ago by a young lady in Canada called Caitlin Haacke. After being bullied herself, she decided to take a stand against bullying. She single handily started the movement of positivity that is sweeping the world. Her belief that positivity begets positivity that began as an anti-bullying campaign, has led to children and adults alike considering their words carefully and filling the world with kindness, love and appreciation.
Gratitude is a fundamental component of mindfulness. Teaching children (and adults) to be thankful for the abundance in their lives as opposed to focusing on the actual material objects refocuses on emotions and feelings that raises self-confidence.
As Tuesday unfolded, I was filled with happiness seeing thousands and thousands of children and adults showing gratitude for each other and for themselves! The power of words has never been stronger.
@ecsaibel from Marin, CA, USA
The children showed a depth of perception that went beyond the simple, “Thank you!”.
@LeeAraoz from Broadway Campus in Long Island, New York, USA
People became creative and symbolic in their notes. Love and compassion were at the heart of what was happening across the schools.
@SaccoEric and @CCGSMS from Clifton-Clyde Grade and Middle School in Kansas, USA
The emphasis was on building, not just a positive day, but a positive culture. A positive culture is not a one day wonder. It needs to be repeated over and over again.
@principalkubiak from Cordelia Hills Elementary School in Sonoma, CA, USA
The magnitude of the number of positive notes began to get mind boggling! Children were not happy with writing just one note, they had to write several notes. It was snow balling; leaving everyone in its wake on a wave of happiness!
@tsschmidty and @HarborViewElem from Harbor View Elementary in Corona del Mar, CA
Everyone left these schools feeling valued, loved, cared for and worthy of being a part of the community.
@Ed_Tmprince and @Green_Lane_PA from Green Lane Primary Academy in Garforth, England
Over and over, the power of the words the children had for each other was overwhelming and powerful!
The effects began to spread past the school gates. Green Lane Primary Academy received one to two written compliments from parents nearly every day this week!
So, what now? We can’t have #PositivePostItDay every day, right? Or… can we?
OF COURSE WE CAN!
One child asked his mother on Wednesday if we could be positive that day as well.
It is important that we are teaching the children and ourselves that we need to be mindful of our gratitude. We need to remind ourselves how it felt on #PositivePostItDay and remember that WE made that happen with our own attitude. The attitude is what made the difference on that day!
As stated before, gratitude is a fundamental component of mindfulness. It is a perfect way to either start the journey of teaching children the lifelong skill in being mindful or to enhance mindfulness already being developed.
If you want to find out more about #PositivePostItDay read #PositivePostItDay. It really can be done on ANY day you want it to happen. Get other schools to join you and MAKE it happen!
If you want some simple ideas on how to keep that snowball rolling in the development of gratitude, read Mindfulness in the Classroom- Gratitude.
In the meantime, share your ideas in the comments section. I would love to hear about the impact showing gratitude has had on your school or your own lives.