“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it”, are the words of William Arthur Ward which reiterate the focus of feeling and expressing gratitude considered extensively by philosophers as a gift to humanity. Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling of acknowledgment of a benefit that we receive.Cultivating a sense of gratitude, appreciation and respect in our little kids, GIIS Chinchwad observed the World Gratitude Day in the school, sensitizing children about the importance of different people and the role they play in our lives.

The need to be accepted, loved and cared for is primal to mankind, for which we are largely dependent on each other. Striving to dawn realization of the same, the tiny tots were told how their teachers and other staff of the school including support staff like ‘moshis’, office boys, drivers, gardener and security work every day to ensure that they have a day free of disturbances in school.

As a token of their thankfulness, the kids presented paper flower bouquets and book marks which they had made in an art and craft session during the kindness week in the school. As the little ones said ‘thank you’ to them in their lovable voices, the teachers and staff could not contain the joy of being applauded. The pre primary teachers also organized a game time for the support staff where they played musical chairs breaking away from their routine and spending some time with the little ones. Renuka Maushi, Anjali maushi, Mahendar Uncle are just some of the people deeply touched by the love and appreciation shown by the little ones and unanimously stated that this day will remain unforgettable for them.

Principal Dr Amrita Vohra said, “Research now proves that the happiest children are the ones who feel a sense of appreciation for life—and studies show that because kids feel grateful they are actually more joyful, determined, optimistic, resilient, less stressed and even healthier.”

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