Shaun Tait is one of the fastest bowlers of all time. In 2010, whist playing for Australia he bowled a ball that clocked in at 161.1KPH.
I am a supporter of Growing with Gratitude because I feel it is important for children to learn to be grateful for what they have rather than complaining about something they don’t have. Living in India made me realise how lucky we are growing up in a developed country. I would like to help children understand that not everyone in the world gets an opportunity to go to school.
Optimism to me means trying your best, not giving up and bouncing back if something doesn’t go your way, this is another feature of Growing with Gratitude that impresses me. Kids learning to be optimistic from a young age will form a habit for life to keep trying their best.
I also like how the program promotes kindness and service. I have always received a boost of happiness from doing things for other people. The earlier in life kids learn to do things for others the happier they will be.
I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to travel the world playing cricket, l am also grateful to all my coaches, family and friends who have supported me.
Embedding A Deep Culture Of Gratitude Into School Across The Globe
Growing With Gratitude is an evidence based program, that aims to help teachers, students and families easily develop the habits of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness that have been identified as the stepping stones to greater happiness and success.
The 5 Most Outcomes:
Children to learn to be more resilient, relaxed, less envious, happy memories and experience more good feelings during their lives
Children learn to experience better friendships, improved relationships, & more kindness.
Children are more optimistic, less self centred & materialistic, and increased self esteem
Children have increased energy, improved sleep, more likely to exercise and less sick
Children experience better academic achievement, improved decision making, increased productivity and better management skills
The research by the one of the founders and leaders of Positive Psychology Professor Martin Seligman suggests you can impact your life your life in the above ways. When I explained to Martin Seligman my plan for Growing With Gratitude he responded by saying; "it is a worthy endeavour".
Most importantly what if your students developed habits of gratitude, empathy, kindness, positive reflection, mindfulness, optimism and service? The foundation of resilience and happiness. You will give your students the best chance to thrive in this crazy world.
In this crazy world what teacher is not busy?
Our program is designed for busy teachers and schools. We use a habit forming approach that focuses on short 2 - 10 minute daily activities with longer lessons to explicit teach sprinkled in.
Growing With Gratitude is the best thing since sliced bread.
Helen - Pennington Primary School
I can't believe the change in my son. He has started to do things around the house without being told and he shows greater appreciation by using a lot more thank you's!
Letter From Ashley Manuel, Creator Of Growing With Gratitude
Do You Want To Learn How To Embed A Deep Culture Of Gratitude Across Your School?
Like you, I want to see your children thrive and flourish in this crazy world. 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 impact that this simple philosophy has both physically and mentally.
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 at school and in my home? What would my life have been like if I had these skills right from the start? And what would the lives of families 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 resilience, happiness and success.
And so Growing with Gratitude was born!
Through the Growing With Gratitude Program we empower hundreds of thousands of children, parents, families and teachers quickly and simply with the skills that taught me years to learn. And by nurturing these skills in young children I’m hoping we can create a new generation of grateful, happy, kind, mindful, empathetic, optimistic and resilient people who will stamp their presence on the world and go on to make even greater positive change themselves.
So thank you for being a part of the Family Gratitude Revolution. I hope you enjoy the journey.