Mu´inteoir Cli´ona taught us today that gratitude is the noun form of the adjective grateful, which is another way of saying thankful. Gratitude is how we say "thank you" for all that we have, no matter how big or small.
Here's a lovely way to take note of things that make us feel grateful, and keep them together in one place, so we can remind ourselves what we are thankful for.
What you need:
- Cereal Box (or a ready-made shoebox, if you prefer)
- Sticky Tape
- Craft items for decoration (coloured card, paper, glitter, etc.)
- Things that you are grateful for (or slips of paper with things written on them)
Step 1: First, draw a net of cuboids on your flattened cereal box.
Step 2: Cut it out.
Step 3: Stick the flaps together to form the box.
Step 4: Design the gratitude box in a way that makes it unique to you. Use colourful wrap, or paint the box and draw on designs. Whatever you like!
Step 5: Select what you want to put in the box. You can use, photos, pictures from magazines, or even draw your own pictures. If you like you can even write little gratitudes on paper. The images or sentences represent what you are grateful for.
Please end us photos of your gratitude box! We'd love to see how you designed it. We’d also love to hear what you are grateful for in your life!
Contemplate & Colour
Mindfulness activities are a great way to focus on gratitude. Whether you decide to take time to yourselfto sit in a quiet space and focus on the things you are grateful for in your life, or even if you do a mindfulness colouring exercise, this can be a way of reflecting on positive things in your life that you are thankful to have be they friends, family, personal items, the sun, nature etc.
Take a few minutes out of your day to colour this image, and as you colour, focus on the positive elements in your life and how lucky you are to have certain people or things around you. This is a way of practicing mindfulness and can help you to relax and feel a lovely sense of well-being, which is very important during this strange time.
Send us pictures or videos of what you have done. Ask your parents to help you send them to rte.ie/learn