The goal of the Gratitude Blooming experience is to create a kinder, healthier, more authentically connected world through the powerful practice of gratitude.
|We developed the Gratitude Blooming cards, a collection of 39 mindful reflections and gratitude practices inviting people to explore the beauty and wisdom of nature. Each plant and flower drawing is accompanied by thought-provoking prompts that challenge us to release our old patterns of seeing the world and cultivate new perspectives and appreciation of the beauty that is often already present in the ordinary moments of our lives. Many of our themes intentionally align with the VIA research-based character strengths framework.
Tenacity, Vulnerability, Curiosity, Joy and Presence, Patience, Harmony
Since 2016, we have been focusing on designing and curating customized in-person and online gratitude experiences. Our goal is to build a gratitude culture among individuals, communities, teams and organizations by implementing rituals and routines to embody and spread the change they want to see.
Examples of ways to use the Gratitude Blooming cards:
Individual Practice: Selecting a card each day to guide one's intentions and interactions with others.
Team Practice: Selecting a card at the beginning of each team meeting and reflecting on the message of the card and how it might connect to the work being done that day. This practice often guides teams on how to approach the meeting and helps create a space for a shared experience.
Group Experience: An ongoing customized journey for a team or organization, which may include in-person events and/or online experiences.
Evolution of the Idea
Over the past month, after further prototyping, collecting feedback, attending the Greater Good Gratitude at Work Conference and brainstorming and strategizing as a team, our project has seen an exciting evolution.
In response to user feedback, and to further our goal of creating a Gratitude Movement through our Gratitude Blooming cards and reflection prompts - we came up with the idea of Gratitude Gardens - physical spaces that connect people and help them embody gratitude, which can bloom in both the workplace and in community spaces.
We aim to create experiences where gratitude is more than just saying “thanks”. What if gratitude could be like a garden that we intentionally plant, we tend, and where we can be inspired and share with others?
View our User Experience map and check out https://www.gratitudeblooming.com/gardens for more information
We are still developing this idea - and excited to learn more as we test it out in work and community spaces. We’ve taken to heart what Kate MacAleavey shared at the Gratitude at Work Conference. Specifically that “context is king”, to “keep it simple” and to “use your environment”. We understand that different individuals want to express gratitude in different ways. Also, organizations differ in their existing cultures and work environments. Due to these realities, we want to keep our work flexible and work with organizations to assess their environments and the needs of their employees to customize the experience.
Add-ons to the experience could include:
- live weekly meditations
- in-person events
- hidden surprises around the workplace
- online space to share group insights and stories
We believe that what the world needs more than ever is in-person connection and physical tools and reminders to catalyze and support learning and growth in our daily lives.