Living a peaceful, purposeful, and graceful life is achieved through several virtues, expressing gratitude being a crucial one. Montessori concept emphasizes teaching and expressing gratitude.
Significance of Gratitude in Human Life
Not just for maintaining a cordial relationship with people, regularly practicing gratitude helps individuals to alter the way the brain works as well. It brings about productive and positive patterns in the neurons of our brains.
Moreover, emotions that we generate by gratitude are instrumental in creating inner peace and improved connectivity with the world around us. This is the reason for considering gratitude as the foundation in teaching social, practical, and emotional life skills in the Montessori Method of Education.
Role of Gratitude in Montessori Approach
The quality of being thankful along with the quality of showing appreciation, acting with generosity, and returning kindness is known as gratitude. Recognizing good deeds, good people, and good things and the attitude of appreciation for all that one has versus what he or she doesn’t have is the focus of a grateful person.
The Montessori System emphasizes developing the quality of gratitude among children for the following reasons:
Gratitude creates a feeling of joy, compassion, love, and hope – making us focus on people who bring happiness to us and all the good things that happen to us
It helps strengthen social ties and self-worth, while enhancing coping skills and stress resiliency
Gratitude helps fending off negative emotions such as regret, depression, resentment, and envy – one cannot be envious and grateful at the same time
Gratefulness leads to forgiving, getting along better with people, and generally experiencing better outcomes in life
How Does the Montessori Approach Encourage Attitudes of Gratitude in Children?
Teachers and parents, when they develop acts and attitudes of gratitude in children, can facilitate children to efficiently build the foundation of a lifetime of love and joy. Montessori schools enable children to accomplish the attitude by teaching them the following:
Recognizing and acknowledgement of good things that happen every day
Kindness that is received generously must be given back
Positive experiences received must be shared with friends and family
Complementing, rather than complaining improves relationships
Respect and thoughtfulness must be shown to everybody
Thanking people with sincerity must be followed
Sharanalaya School encourages children to be grateful for what they have. We ensure that children practice gratitude so that they become self-disciplined and appreciative individuals who have more engagement with communities. Our website http://www.sharanalayaschool.com offers further details about our various programs.