Gratitude in life leads a person to contentment and genuine happiness. It should be taught that gratitude towards everything is the key to simple yet meaningful life.
People tend to focus on what their life lacks: a new phone, big house, or expensive clothes to name a few. Such thoughts seem to only blind them on what really will bring happiness into their lives. Tzu Chi Foundation knows that gratitude is an important characteristic to keep in mind.
Gratitude is the topic of interest during September’s humanity class for Tzu Chi grade school scholars at Jing Si (Still Thoughts) Hall. A total of 112 scholars attended the class on September 10.
The scholars are divided into 14 groups of 8 members and a volunteer who serves as their “group mother.” They have already developed friendships with others who they only get the chance to see every humanity class.
A short video about the simple things a child can be thankful for helps make the scholars realize the value of contentment. They also get the chance to brighten up their classmate’s day by describing their seatmate using positive words.
“We are teaching them to be helpful and socialize with each other. They have very close friends and share things like ballpen, paper, and they are learning to be selfless,” says Tzu Chi volunteer Violeta Cuna, Group 4 mother.
Children are enlightened about how positive words can make a person’s day and outlook in life better. In another activity, they list down the things they have that they are grateful for: a home, loving parents, good food, education, and friends.
“It is important because children realize the things they have in life,” says Carl Theodore Delamente, a grade-5 student from Philippine Cultural College.
Scholars are patiently waiting for the class to start. They have already gained new friends and improved their socializing skills. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A student fills up his name on the registration list. Aside from complete attendance, students who arrive early for their 7:30 a.m. class will also get a reward. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars and Tzu Chi volunteers bow in respect for Dharma Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, before the class starts. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
The attendees participate in an energizing dance number in the tune “Baby Shark.” 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A scholar receives his prize, a story book and pencil case, for being one of the early birds for the humanity class. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Tzu Chi volunteer Ruby Chua leads the scholars in an interpretative song and dance number. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Kitchen staffs prepare snacks for the scholars. It comprises of breads, fruits, and desserts. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
At around 9:30 in the morning, students and their leaders gather in the kitchen to have their snack. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars queue for their champorado, rice porridge in chocolate base. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Students wash their bowls after eating. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Jeffrey Doo Little, one of the facilitators, asks a student the positive characteristics of his seatmate. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A student from group nine lists down the things he is grateful for. It includes family, food, clothes, pet, and friends. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars from Group 5 give a high five to Cherry May Ang, one the facilitators, during their activity. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
A scholar shares her list of things to be grateful for in front of the class. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】
Scholars receive snacks at the end of the class. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】