If you had the power to change the world, would you?
“The gratitude ring movement was started to teach people that everyone has the ability to make a positive difference in the world. When we are able to take responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings, we are in a powerful position to bring about positivity and peace to ourselves, others and the world. This project has three components:Step One is about our personal responsibility and personal power. We will learn how to wire our brains to boost positivity by learning how to think, write and speak about gratitude. Step Two we learn how to about empathetic citizenship. As part of step one, we will receive rings and/or wristbands as a tactile reminder to stay positive and grateful. After 30 days of practicing positive thinking and gratitude, you will choose someone in the community to share your new knowledge, pass on your gratitude ring and/or wristband and become accountable to creating a grateful community. As you pass on your knowledge, you will uncover the power you have to help others. We will also form our own Grateful Ring inside the classroom to create an environment of safety, love, peace and connection.
Step Three is about global leadership. After 30 days of helping someone in the community, we will choose another school in the world to train the positive thinking techniques we have learned and recognize that we have the power to make changes across the world. During this time, we will also learn entrepreneurial techniques to sponsor others schools.
Join the Grateful Ring Movement for yourself, your school, your workplace or charity.About the movement “The gratitude ring movement was started to teach people that everyone has the ability to make a positive difference in the world. When we are able to take responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings, we are in a powerful position to bring about positivity and peace to ourselves, others and the world.
This project has three components:
Step One is about our personal responsibility and personal power. We will learn how to wire our brains to boost positivity by learning how to think, write and speak about gratitude.
Step two we learn how to about empathetic citizenship. As part of step one, we will receive rings and/or wristbands as a tactile reminder to stay positive and grateful. After 30 days of practicing positive thinking and gratitude, you will choose someone in the community to share your new knowledge, pass on your gratitude ring and/or wristband and become accountable to creating a grateful community. As you pass on your knowledge, you will uncover the power you have to help others. We will also form our own Grateful Ring inside the classroom to create an environment of safety, love, peace and connection.
Step three is about global leadership. After 30 days of helping someone in the community, we will choose another school in the world to train the positive thinking techniques we have learned and recognize that we have the power to make changes across the world. During this time, we will also learn entrepreneurial techniques to sponsor others schools.
1) We offer free curriculum written by Emotinal Intelligence Expert Jenny R Craig, LCSW, BCD
The Basic curriculum - Teaches practical tools to teaching gratitude for the self, for others and for the world in a classroom or in the workplace. This curriculum includes a facilitator guide, a free PDF download of the "I am Brilliant" book, handouts and the powerpoint is available on request. The In-Depth Curriculum - Teaches the 9 steps to re-wire the brain, the science of gratitude and teaches practical tools to teaching gratitude for the self, for others and for the world. This curriculum includes a facilitator guide, handouts and the powerpoint is available on request. 2) Get your own I am grateful for... ring and/or wristband to fill your life with gratitude or pass it on to others 3) Share your stories to inspire others on our facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Testimonials of the power of the I am Grateful for...™ ring
Words cannot do justice for the power of gratutde and sharing the I am grateful for... ring. I was mentoring a 16 year old girl. I sat her down one day and shared all the reasons why I am grateful for her and gave her an I am grateful for™ ring. I explained to her how each time she spun it I wanted her to remember that she had made a difference in my life and that of so many others. I asked her to spin the ring each morning and each evening focusing on all that she was grateful for and explained it will rewire her mind to focus on the positive. Two weeks later, she shared with me that she had been planning on committing suicide. When I gave her the ring, it was that one shred of decency, kindness and compassion that helped her to have hope and find faith again. She stated, each time she spun the ring, she found a renewed zest for life and peace in her heart. Words cannot describe the power of this experience for me and her. Bonnie Kanner, CEO of Shooting Star Entertainment,
My grateful ring experience was indescribable. To wake up every morning, sit still and just focus on why I am grateful and what does it mean to be grateful was really great. I Am B.E.A.U.T.Y. Boot Camp helped me start a new daily routine for myself. Sometimes I forget what I am grateful for. What I learned throughout this experience is to continue to be grateful for every moment in my life. I need to be more grateful for the good, bad, happy and sad moments. There shouldn’t be a dull moment in my life where gratitude isn’t expressed or shown. Some of the things I am grateful for is my Savior that died on the cross for me. I can’t express any more gratitude about that. It’s an indescribable feeling when you think about someone who died for your sins. Another thing I am grateful for is my life. Through my life I’ve had rough patches. High mountains and valleys came daily that I needed to go through; nonetheless I am grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am in my life if it wasn’t for those crooked roads and dark nights or even the happy days. Every moment for me is unforgettable being that I had an age expiration date for my life. Lastly, I am truly grateful for my parents. Without my parents I truly don’t know where I would be, what I would be doing if I didn’t have their support, encouragement and love. My parents are my life and I appreciate them daily. My ring will be passed to my mentor Shakeema North. I want to pass my ring to her because she entered into my life at a difficult time for me. I was going through a lot at the time and she came in my life, lifted me up, encouraged me and never left my side. She may be far by distance but I can always pick up the phone and call her. I am truly grateful for a youth pastor/mentor that loves me, appreciates me, guides me, lets my light shine and is dependable. I don’t know if I would be doing half of the things I am doing as far as church is concerned if I didn’t meet and build a relationship her.- Bri-Sha , 18,
How do you get teens to appreciate their parents? Teach them gratitude. Check out this positive teens sharing how they are grateful for their parents after just two weeks of learning the Grateful Ring Curriculum. See more vudeis at https://www.youtube.com/user/gratefulring/videos
The Grateful Ring™ Curriculum recently completed a train the trainer program teaching probation officers and mental health professionals the Grateful Ring Curriculum which teaches practical tools to manage aggression, peer pressure, self-sabotage, impulsivity, depression and anxiety while uncovering tools to increase forgiveness, self-confidence and compassion. Throughout the six week training, the children will also embark on a gratitude project challenging them on how to take personal responsibility, become an empathetic citizen and become part of the global community. TCOG will be working with me on a long term sociological research project focusing on how learning these tools increases emotional intelligence which allows children to have higher levels of success in all areas of their life. Here is a testimonial of the Grateful Ring™ Curriculum and Rings helping first time offenders: As the Juvenile Civil Citation Program Coordinator we utilized the Grateful Ring program curriculum that was offered for our first time offenders- practical tools for real life success. This proactive character education program helped our first time offenders build character, develop leadership and offered ways to creative a positive community. After the six one hour sessions, the Civil Citation kids reported the skills were so important that they could not understand why they were not already taught in traditional education. After the program, they reported a better understanding of managing their emotions and thoughts and were quite enthusiastic how they were going to change their lives in the future. One offender was able to connect with his parents and share a plan that he created to living out a new vision within his life. Another one of the offenders not only learned the power of meditation but began to teach his family and friends the power of meditation. The teens reported learning skills and tools to manage anger, guilt and social pressures to conform that will help them to forgive themselves, make better choices to ensure not reoffending and understand how the brain works to form a vision, foundation and be a role model for good. Even myself as a 28 year Law Enforcement Officer attended the program and learned new skills to live a better life. As we know, all behaviors begin with the thoughts we form each day. Teaching our Civil Citation kids how to take control of their thoughts and emotions is one of the most important solutions to building a better community. Thanks so much for your consideration and hope we will partner in the near future so we can give kids a better life and be crime free. Sincerely, Cpl. Patti Holt Juvenile Civil Citation Coordinator
The grateful ring experience was very enriching for me. I learned how to be grateful for things that occur on a daily basis. For example, I was grateful for waking up every morning, which I didn’t acknowledge on a daily basis before the ring. The ring also pushed me to appreciate things that may be little but can still be big in the end. I also learned how to take some time to think about myself, because I had to take 20 minutes to sit in silence every day. I was grateful for many things over the two weeks I had with the ring. I was grateful for my mother because she has always supported me in everything I do. My mother is determined and persistent and I want to be like her when I get older. I was also grateful for my grandfather because before his passing he always looked out for me. He was my father figure, when I needed him to be and my friend when I needed him. He proved to me that I was beautiful at a young age. Lastly, I was grateful for being healthy all of my life. I believe if you are healthy you will live longer. If you live longer you have a better chance to pace your mark on the world. I will pass the ring on to my mother because she has always been the number one person I am grateful for. Not only is she my inspiration, she is my role model in every sense of the word. - Ayanna, 15, Summer 2014
Founder Jenny R Craig, LCSW, BCD teaches an elementary school the Grateful Ring™ curriculum
This grateful ring has taught me how to be thankful for the things I already have. The ring has also taught me how to be thankful for the little things to. For example, food, water, doctors, flowers, paper, pens/pencils. One thing I’ve learned while having the grateful ring is that people don’t take enough time to think about how grateful they should be for everything they have. Some people don’t have as much as others do. This grateful ring has also taught me that anyone can make time every day to be grateful for something and all they have to do is just make a list of about five things per day and create a log. The best part about doing that activity is that it doesn’t take too much time. When you make it a priority to say or write down what you’re grateful for, you’ll automatically do it in your head and after a while it’ll become a great habit. For example, when I wrote family on my list I never realized or thought about how much I really appreciated them. I mean I knew I loved them but because of how many times I kept writing “Family” on my list the more I realized that they were the ones who always mattered and they will always be there for me. Kylie, 12, Summer 2014
It helped me thru my cancer treatments ,and now it's apart of my life. It reminds me to be grateful everyday! Inge Carlson
My grateful ring experience was different. It was good because I usually don't think about the things I’m grateful for. It really made me think about the great things in life. For example my family, things to help me survive, my best friend and etc. I have realized that there is so many things to be grateful for and how good my life is. - Imani , Summer 2014 My grateful ring taught me to think more about what I am grateful for. I don’t usually sit and think about it so for the first few nights it was kind of hard. With the grateful ring I realized that I am grateful for so many things. Something I am grateful for is my family because even though we fight they love me no matter what. I am also grateful for my friends because they are always on my side and if I have a problem they are there to help me out. I am very grateful for my education. Education is something to be grateful for because not everyone in the world can get it. The grateful ring made me realize that I am very grateful that I have a roof over my head. Not everyone has a home. I don’t usually think about how lucky I am. I give my mom and my step dad a hard time sometimes but this ring helped me see that they try to give me everything I want and they give me everything I need. I am going to give my grateful ring to my mom because even though we fight I appreciate everything she does for me, and I hope this ring can help us have a closer relationship. - Jade, 13
SO excited that 400 Principia high performers are using the grateful ring to stay accountable, stay focused and be grateful to achieve their goals passed on by Global Grateful Ring ambassador Julie JenningsI love my grateful ring! I am a working mother, so it is very easy not to appreciate day to day small miracles.
I’m 50 and there is a group of 7 of us who have been friends since jr. high school (used to be 8 but we lost 1 of us to breast cancer). We were all either drill team (Southern Belles) or cheerleaders. 6 of them continued on to high school but I moved & didn’t get to continue with that adventure. I kept in touch for a few years, then lost touch. Well, I have one of those odd memories that allows me to remember every phone number I’ve ever known apparently. So, a few years ago I started calling all of their phone numbers from jr. high (yes, I still remembered all of them)! Low & behold some of their parents still lived in the same house – thank GOD for small miracles and the love of a good old-fashioned neighborhood. One of their parents put me in touch with one of the girls, who gave me another number and so on. That summer we all talked and I suggested a slumber party to reconnect as that was where the fun was when we were kids!!!!!!! They all said the same thing as I was talking to each one – we have been talking about doing that for years! The very next January we had our 1st annual Hood Jr. High reunion slumber party and have been doing it every year since!I’m buying each of us 7 remaining girls a ring as a gift for our annual reunion slumber party this Feb., just waiting to find out their ring size from them. They will not be surprised about a ring as I had to ask about the size but the ring itself will be marvelous! Thanks so much for providing the perfect gift for our group!Friends from 1973 – 2011. I’m including a picture of us (1975-then & 2009-our 1st reunion) so you can see! In gratitude, Rebecca Thomas and John B. Hood Jr. High
Thank you so much for sharing your message with us! Since my 7 yo has been practicing gratitude in the morning and at night, 2 girls her age on our street have come into our awareness (she has wanted friends in our neighborhood for as long as I can remember) - turns out they have lived here longer than we have, so it most certainly is because she has shifted from complaining to gratitude, and her vibration has changed!!!! It's been less than 72 hours since we've met with you, so it's exciting to see what else will come into her life. Thanks again! Jennifer Suter
I love my grateful ring! I am a working mother, so it is very easy not to appreciate day to day small miracles. I think people in Japan are honest, nice, and keen on working. So, we tend not to give thankfulness to ourselves, so I will share about the concept of your ring to the people around me! Best regards, Megumi Naito Tokyo, Japan