Zara and Leo wake up in the middle of the Malaysian rainforest beside a hungry leopard! Find out how we can use gratitude to help us appreciate and take care of the environment, as we meet the wildlife biologist on a mission to protect the world’s smallest bears.
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In this episode, you will:
- discover why being grateful can change your life
- travel to Malaysia
- be inspired by Dr. Siew Te Wong, a wildlife biologist
Want to Learn More
- Meet the Superman saving the sun bears of Malaysia
- Protecting the Sun Bears of Borneo | National Geographic
- Sun Bears: Studying the World's Smallest Bear
- Story of Mary The Bear: Wong Siew Te at TEDxKL
- Read chapter 4 "Be Grateful" of the Big Life Journal - Second Edition to learn more about how gratitude can change your life.
- Take a Gratitude Walk together. While you walk, name things you're grateful for, such as the warm sun or the birds singing.
- Encourage your child to go outside and foster their creativity through nature with our ‘My Adventures in Nature Bingo’ printable (Growth Mindset Activity Kit).
- Complete the 7-Day Gratitude Challenge (Challenges Kit) together as a family or classroom
When something good happens, we have to both notice it and take 30 seconds to savor it in order to “plant” it in our implicit memory.
Together with our children, we can appreciate the small things just by noticing the beauty in our everyday lives. We can help our children become noticers of the good, both in one another and our world by:
- pausing to notice and “take in” the beauty of a sunset
- appreciating a stranger holding the door open for you and your child
- stopping to admire a vibrant tree in the park
- listening to birds sing early in the morning
Gratitude is a skill. An attitude of gratitude is a positive way of looking at life. Gratitude can increase our children’s happiness, teach them to be more empathetic and help them to be more thankful for everything they have.
For Parents and Teachers
- 3 Effective Ways to Raise a Grateful Child
- 7 Activities to Help Your Child Develop a Positive Attitude
- How to Teach Children to be Grateful
Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Kait Bibb.
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