Growing Gratitude and Generosity (G3)

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Growing Gratitude and Generosity (G3)

The Growing Gratitude and Generosity project was designed to help parents encourage and support their children to understand, feel and express the positive values of gratitude and generosity in their daily lives. This CES program was funded by the Greater Good Science Center of Berkeley, CA. It is one of only 16 such international programs.

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Why Gratitude and Generosity?  

Research shows that a long list of benefits can be attributed to the regular practice of gratitude and generosity and, conversely, that people who have the most materialistic goals tend to be less happy and satisfied with their lives. When we’ve asked parents what they most want for their children’s future, the most common responses are for them to become adults who are happy and kind. Incorporating gratefulness and generosity into family life is a science-based roadmap to these desired outcomes.

"Scientifically documented benefits of the practices of gratitude and generosity overlap and include: increased health, happiness and self-esteem and decreased stress, depression and self-centeredness; increased resiliency and optimism; better friendships and overall increased capacity for positive relationships."

How does the program work?

The program had 3 parts, for children ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-14.

  • A Common Read: Parents and children read together and discussed a book selected for the opportunities it presented to explore gratitude and generosity, then participated in fun family activities designed to increase family members’ interest and investment in finding ways to live out these values in their daily lives.

  • Parent Cafes: Parents met to informally share their challenges and successes with promoting gratitude and generosity in their children, and learn from one another while children participate in group activities based on the themes of gratitude and generosity.

  • Family Community Service Projects provided opportunities for families to widen the circle of generosity outside their immediate families to benefit others in their community and beyond.

Where has the program been offered?

The G3 program was first piloted in Easthampton, MA, and then four additional communities in Hampshire and Franklin counties were selected for the program during the 2019-2020 school year.