As an emotion scientist, Barbara Fredrickson highlights in her research that positive emotions like love, joy, and gratitude help us grow and become better versions of ourselves. Love means a synchrony in the tempo of action and connection, often through eye contact and touch. There is some evidence to suggest the more we share
the same moment, ideas, or focus, the more neural synchrony as well.
Our day-to-day experiences of love can not be supported when our attention is drawn to so many different things. So we learn to pay attention to small little things that we do and be present in the moments. We too learn to recognize that touch, eye contact, and being mindful of one another's emotions is an ongoing processes in our building relationship with self, others, materials, and environment.
Planting some seeds is one of our many ways to building relationship with natural environment. First thing we could try is to say hello to it, and welcome it into our environment. Plants appreciate attention just like any other living thing. The second thing we could do is to try to think like a plant. Imagine for a moment that we are the little green thing with the flower. What would we like?
We too make time to celebrate love and friendship and the joy of having others in our life. We choose to make moments to share about our heart to heart expressions to foster connections with self, others, and materials, too.
We honor the art of expressing our gratitude in many ways. The writing that we scribe or drawing that we scribble mean a lifetime to say how grateful we are in having them in our lives.
Sharing positive emotions is something we can do with any living creatures as well. It is a kind, caring way to connect with. The more we connect more broadly with our natural environment and in open, respectful ways, the more we learn that, too.
Taking time to be outdoors everyday builds our love connection with nature. It is about being active outside in the fresh air is our beautiful moments, Living a more natural life does not just benefit our environment; it also benefits our health and wellness.
Children & Friends is pleased to welcome Jana Aviado to be part of our Learning & Teaching Team. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education with Capilano University. We are looking forward to building relationships through our processes of learning and teaching.
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