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Instilling gratitude among Tzu Chi grade school scholars

Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:11 AM | ARTICLE BY | Luisa Cabato
Serving as “group mothers,” Tzu Chi volunteers help the scholars in their efforts to list down the things to be thankful for in life. The activity aims to make the students realize that they should be contented with whatever they have. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】

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  • For September’s humanity class, 112 Tzu Chi grade school scholars learn the value of gratitude. They learn to be thankful for the things that matter more in life—a home, family, and friends—than material desires.

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.


Last Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:11 AM

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