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Open sentences on gratitudes

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Open sentences on gratitudes

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. — Henry David Thoreau

  • 30'
  • Serves 2
  • Medium



Open sentences to discover gratefulness.

The following activity has been taken from Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone’s book Active Hope: How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy. The book explores how to cultivate the practice of active hope and become active participants in bringing about what we hope for.

When talking about gratitude, the author see it as an antidote to consumerism as it helps us place a higher value on meaningful relationships that material possessions. “With materialism, security is based on having the right things: we know what these right things are by keeping an eye on our neighbours and on current fashions… Gratitude pulls us out of this rat race. It shifts our focus from what’s missing to what’s there.”

To find out more about Joanna and Chris’s work, please visit their website: http://www.activehope.info.



Open sentences

Read the following beginnings of sentences, and see what words seem to naturally follow. You can think this to yourself, or put it in writing, or try it with a partner, taking turns to speak and listen. It is worth devoting a few minutes or more to each sentence. Whenever you're not sure what to say, come back to the beginning of the sentence and see what naturally follows - it may be different each time you do this.

1. Some things I love about being alive on Earth are...
2. A place that was magical to me as a child was...
3. My favourite activities include...
4. Someone who helped me believe in myself is or was...
5. Some things I appreciate about myself are...

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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