Did you know that it was World Gratitude Day on Wednesday? As part of their daily mindfulness practice, Junior Kindergartners took time to express their gratitude. Not only did they discuss what “gratitude” means, but they wrote a gratitude journal, created a gratitude tree and they each drew pictures of the things they are most grateful for. These colorful creations were mounted in frames and artfully displayed in the classroom.
For this week’s Friday Five, we wanted to share five of these expressions of gratitude. It turns out Junior Kindergartners are grateful for some very important things:
Silas is grateful for the stars and moon.
Tom is grateful for underwater volcanoes
(after all, without them, we would not have land.)
Katy is grateful for shapes.
Maisy is grateful for her daddy.
Gwen is grateful for bugs.
Interestingly, studies have shown that children who express gratitude every day feel 25% happier, are more likely to be kind and helpful to others, are healthier, more enthusiastic, interested and determined, sleep better, get higher grades, are more satisfied with their lives, are more integrated socially and show fewer signs of depression.
Maybe we should all take a lesson from these Junior Kindergartners and share some gratitude for the things we love most in the world…
Enjoy your weekend!