Growing Gratitude and Generosity (G3)

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Growing Gratitude and Generosity (G3)

Growing Gratitude and Generosity (G3) is a program 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. The Collaborative for Educational Services has received funding for this innovative program from the Greater Good Science Center of Berkeley, CA. It was one of only 16 international programs funded from over 200 applications.

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Why Gratitude and Generosity?  

Many parents have expressed their concerns that in today’s world their children risk becoming entitled or materialistic and may need help to learn to fully appreciate the non-material gifts that make their lives satisfying, such as supportive people, opportunities and their own strengths and abilities. 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. 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. 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.

How does the program work?

The program has 3 parts:

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

  • Two Parent Cafes: Parents meet 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 provide opportunities for families to widen the circle of generosity outside their immediate families to benefit others in their community and beyond.

What ages of children are a good fit for the G3 Program?

The G3 program will develop materials for families with children in 3 age groups: preschool (4 to 6), elementary school (7-10) and middle school (11-14).

Where will the program be offered?

The G3 program will be piloted in Easthampton in March and April of 2019. Four additional communities will be selected to offer the program during the 2019-2020 school year.

How can my community participate?

Communities throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties are invited to form multidisciplinary teams to apply to be trained to offer this program locally. Community Team members might include educators, parents, librarians, faith-based leaders and youth development program leaders (e.g., scouts, 4-H, youth centers). A Training of Trainers will be offered in the fall of 2019 to train team members from the additional four communities selected. The CES G3 staff will provide program materials and support for implementing the program in these communities.

For more information, contact: 
Coordinator of Special Projects
413.586.4900 x5565