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Gratitude in Education

Author : Kerry Howells
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Teachers at all levels of education will find this book practical and inspiring as they read how other educators have engaged with challenges that reveal different dimensions of gratitude, and how some have discovered its relevance in gaining greater resilience, improved relationships and increased student engagement. In the first comprehensive text ever written that is solely dedicated to the specific relevance of gratitude to the teaching and learning process, Dr Howells pioneers an approach that accounts for both dilemmas and possibilities of gratitude in the midst of teachers’ busy and stressful lives. She takes a contemporary and philosophical view of the notion of gratitude and goes beyond its conceptualisation simply from a religious or positive psychology framework. Exploring real situations with teachers, school leaders, students, parents, academics and pre-service teachers - Gratitude In Education: A Radical View examines many of the complexities encountered when gratitude is applied in a variety of secular educational environments.

Perspectives on Gratitude

Author : David Carr
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Psychologists, philosophers, theologians and educationalists have all lately explored various conceptual, moral, psychological and pedagogical dimensions of gratitude in a rapidly expanding academic and popular literature. However, while the distinguished contributors to this work hail from these distinct disciplines, they have been brought together in this volume precisely in recognition of the need for a more interdisciplinary perspective on the topic. While further developing such more familiar debates in the field as whether it is appropriate to feel grateful in circumstances in which there is no obvious benefactor, whether it is proper to feel grateful to those who have benefited one only from a sense of duty and whether it makes sense to be grateful if so doing colludes with injustice, the essays in this collection explore a wide variety of fresh conceptual, psychological and moral issues. For example, in addition to identifying some new moral paradoxes about gratitude and seeking a generally more morally discriminating approach to gratitude education, relations are explored between gratitude and humility, forgiveness and appreciation and the religious and spiritual dimensions of the concept are also given much overdue attention. By drawing together serious academic engagement with the study of gratitude and a serious attempt to undertake this within an interdisciplinary perspective, Perspectives on Gratitude will be of value to academics and graduate students in the fields of philosophy, psychology and theology, as well as other research-based disciplines.

Developing Gratitude in Children and Adolescents

Author : Jonathan R. H. Tudge
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Gratitude, a virtue, develops during childhood and adolescence. This book shows how adults can encourage its development, fostering consideration for others and strengthening connections.


Author : Dr. Vasudha Neel Mani
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Gratitude – The Purpose of Life is dedicated to all my readers and my endowment to the universe for all those blessings in abundance I have received after practising the exercise of gratitude. If you follow and do all the exercises mentioned in the book for 21 days, you will begin to transform your life in a big way and become positive, grateful and a compassionate human being. Gratitude is the key to abundance. Those who are grateful for everything will receive everything they aspire for in abundance. Positivity and gratitude go hand in hand, and both are meaningless without each other. May this journey of self-transformation fill your life with abundance and positivity.

Mindfulness Wide Awakeness in Higher Education

Author : Sarah E. Montgomery
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How can we support our college students cultivating wide-awakeness, or a way of paying attention and being fully present to oneself and the world? How might we use mindfulness practices to help ourselves and our students become more wide awake, realize our interconnectedness, see what is possible, and transform our lives and the world around us? Educational philosopher Maxine Greene called for the need to intentionally promote wide-awakeness, which includes deepening our awareness, asking critical questions, recognizing that alternatives exist, and finding the agency to make changes personally and collectively. Mindfulness & Wide-Awakeness in Higher Education draws upon Greene’s work to explore the voices and experiences of college students who engaged in mindfulness practices during every class session in a cohort over an academic year and others who participated in a mindfulness group that met weekly for a year. The book explores how students used mindfulness to support their academic success, create a culture of connectedness, promote increased empathy, and fuel their sense of agency regarding social interactions and teaching the practices to others. In particular, the voices of students of color who chose to participate in the weekly mindfulness group are elevated and honored. A culminating chapter provides numerous examples of the mindfulness practices taught throughout the two-year study, serving as an accessible guide for higher education professionals interested in doing this work who would like ideas for where to begin or how to further develop their teaching and student support services. Overall, the book provides rich insights and practical approaches for how higher education faculty and staff can work together with students so we can all become more wide-awake to what is possible in our hearts, in our classrooms, on our campuses, and beyond. ENDORSEMENTS: "Mindfulness & Wide-Awakeness in Higher Education came into my life at the right time. The privileging of the voices of students of color and the collection of accessible mindfulness practices makes this a great tool for teacher educators across the country. If you are looking for a way to support your students’ mental health, academics, empathy, and agency, you will find all that and more in this book." — Denisha Jones, Sarah Lawrence College "This book contributes to mindfulness and contemplative practices in higher education with transformative learning and democratic education frameworks. It is an invitation to bring our whole authentic selves as faculty and students into the classrooms to be “wide awake” and see each other as human beings, not merely as our roles." — Bengü Ergüner-Tekinalp, Drake University "If you care deeply about the tangible outcomes of higher education for students and the degree to which those experiences awaken their curiosity about people, place, and planet, Mindfulness and Wide-Awakeness in Higher Education should be a must on your reading list. Sarah Montgomery provides an excellent framework to illustrate the power of teaching mindfulness and what is possible when we make time and space for woke teaching and learning." — Paulette Patterson Dilworth, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Can I Tell You About Gratitude

Author : Liz Gulliford
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Meet Maya. Maya always tries to be polite, and to remember to say 'thank you' but she wants to learn what it means to be truly grateful. Should she be grateful to her teachers for their hard work, even though they're only doing their job? Does she need to say thank you for the gifts she doesn't really like - like the pink scarf Nani gave her last birthday? And when Laura gives her some earrings but later asks to copy her history project in return, should Maya be grateful and give her the thank you letter she has written? This illustrated book is an ideal conversation starter for children aged 7+, helping them to understand what gratitude means, recognise when it is appropriate, and develop their own ability to be genuinely grateful.

Utopia in the Revival of Confucian Education

Author : Sandra Gilgan
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Utopia in the Revival of Confucian Education investigates the classics-reading movement in contemporary Chinese society by examining how people re-forge lost bonds with tradition in the revival of Confucian education and strive towards their ideal future, while seeking to overcome the problems of the present.

Philosophies of Gratitude

Author : Ashraf H. A. Rushdy
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In Philosophies of Gratitude, Ashraf H. A. Rushdy explores gratitude as a philosophical concept. The first half of the book traces its significance in fundamental Western moral philosophy and notions of ethics, specifically examining key historical moments and figures in classical antiquity, the early modern era, and the Enlightenment. In the second half of the book, Rushdy focuses on contemporary meanings of gratitude as a sentiment, action, and disposition: how we feel grateful, act grateful, and cultivate grateful being. He identifies these three forms of gratitude to discern various roles our emotions play in our ethical responses to the world around us. Rushdy then discusses how ingratitude, instead of indicating a moral failure, can also act as an important principle and ethical stand against injustice. Rushdy asserts that if we practice gratitude as a moral recognition of the other, then that gratitude varies alongside the different kinds of benefactors who receive it, ranging from the person who provides an expected service or gift, to the divine or natural sources whom we may credit with our very existence. By arguing for the necessity of analyzing gratitude as a philosophical concept, Rushdy reminds us of our capacity and appreciation for gratitude simply as an acknowledgment and acceptance of our humble dependency on and connectedness with our families, friends, communities, environments, and universe.

Growing with Gratitude

Author : Ash Manuel
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An essential toolkit to help teachers and parents foster wellbeing in kids and teens In this book, you’ll find fun, practical activities and strategies to develop an attitude of gratitude: the positive mindset that kids and teens need to successfully weather ups and downs, successes and setbacks. Growing with Gratitude outlines simple steps that you can start to action immediately, whether in the classroom, the whole school or at home. Drawing on over two decades of experience and research on how practicing gratitude leads to a happier, healthier life, author Ash Manuel shares how mindfulness and positive habits can benefit kids and teens of all ages. Learn how to make time for wellbeing in an already busy day Understand the psychology behind positive habits Discover and share the five habits of happiness Engage kids with games, activities, and reflections Get tips to manage your own wellbeing It’s time to take action and teach the next generation the skills they need to navigate whatever life throws at them. This book is not just for times of crisis: it’s for growing a culture of gratitude that will give kids and teens the balance and stability they need every day.


Author : Owen M. Griffith
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This valuable book will give educators solution-based methods and research-based resources to improve classroom culture, as well as enabling schools to elevate students’ engagement and academic achievement.