Our Research: Robert Emmons (Professor of Psychology at the University of California) author of The Science of Gratitude has been well documented in improving well-being and emotional prosperity. Our action Research in Practicing Gratitude with children now reaches over 3500 children, and some of the results have been amazing so far. Children, teachers and families have been able to grow and flourish individually as well as helping their community thrive. We can be grateful to gratitude for working hard on our behalf. We truly believe that when children are grateful for the world around them and everything and everyone in it they are happier.
Coombs Early Learning is fortunate to be part of the "Playing with Gratitude" action research project. he project aim believes the best early start in life will result in a future of achievable possibilities. We know these possibilities have their foundations with a child’s right to play and the transformational learning experienced through co-play.
Therefore our aim is to examine the new science of gratitude and combine it with the powerful influence of co-play in order to make a positive change in the wellbeing of children, birth to five.
Gratitude is about being thankful for what we have and have experienced, and being willing to offer kindness to others. It is an important part of being a responsible global citizen, as well as important to our own mental health. Our gratitude project teaches children about the importance of daily gratitude practices, and supports them to build empathy, kindness and compassion, helping them to be strong and active community members and strong in their own wellbeing. At Coombs, we work with children and families to cultivate daily gratitude practices and are resourceful and creative in how we expand children’s knowledge and understanding of gratitude.