Bullying Must be Stopped

The Much-Overlooked Problem of Bullying

say no to bullyingBullying is a major problem in American school systems.

  • In the US alone, each day 160,000 children avoid school due to fear of bullying
  • 14% of K-12 students has reported to be a victim of bullying
  • 71% percent of students admit to bullying being a problem at their school

Even more upsetting is the following statistic: Victims of bullying are 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide (source: Yale University).  Bullying includes name calling, isolation, physical threats and even physical abuse.  No precious child should ever have to endure any of this, ever.   Especially in school, where parents expect their children to be nurtured in a safe environment.

Bully, a documentary released in 2012, gives an excellent portrayal of the severity of this issue and the effect it has on its young victims.  Please take 2 minutes of your time to watch this short trailer.

 

 

It’s Time to Take a Stand

Each quarter, Prana to the People chooses a fund for which to donate the profits of our gratitude journal app.  This quarter we’ve selected No Bully (visit site here). No Bully’s mission is to bring innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying, harassment and violence in schools.  Awareness is the solution.  Once awareness reaches a critical mass and kids learn that bullying is actually “not cool”, we’ll have the paradigm shift we’ve been looking for.

How can you help?  Two options:

  • Spend $0.99 on Gratitude Journey (Prana’s gratitude journal iPhone app) and your contribution will go straight to No Bully
  • Contribute directly to No Bullyhere

If you’re passionate about fair treatment of all people, especially our little ones, please help out this cause.  Bullying is a solvable problem and it’s within our hands to make a contribution for the betterment of our planet.  Thank you so much for reading.

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Matt Elmore
CEO, Prana to the People

Prana to the People is a non-profit company with two main goals.  First, to leverage modern technology in order to spread happiness.  This is the motivation for the release of the iPhone gratitude journal app, Gratitude Journey. The second and most important goal is to take all of the profits generated by the app and funnel them to non-profits that are dear to our hearts.

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prana takes on the issue of bullying

10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Friends

friends that hugExpressing gratitude is a vital part of life and an effective way to enrich the relationships you share with your friends.  Everyone feels good when appreciated.   Often, our friends are a common topic in our gratitude journals and gratitude journal app entries (Check out Gratitude Journey here).  Here are 10 ways you can directly express gratitude to your friends and let them know just how much you care about them.

1. Express joy to your friends

It feels good when the person you love smiles at you and expresses the joy in their heart. Be light, smile often, and laugh without restraint.  When you share happiness, you are acknowledging them for being a part of your life.

2. Listen to friends who are hurt

When your friends are hurt, try simply listening rather than giving advice.  Very often we are looking for the perfect, magical thing to say to help out our friends in need.  Instead, listen with full attention and presence, without judgement.
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Video: Gratitude Journal App Review

Renown App reviewer, Kid Guru, gives awesome feedback on Gratitude Journey: the All-in-one Gratitude Journal App.  Check out what he has to say about Gratitude Journey’s features and get a sneak peak on what the app can do for improving your happiness.

10 Ways to Show Gratitude to your Family

happy familySamuel Johnson, esteemed 18th century English poet, wrote, “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.” It is important to show your family that you appreciate them. This can be done by creating and adding to your own family gratitude journal.

Most parents are continuously reminding their children to do their chores and clean their rooms.  They are so busy focusing on what their children do not do, that they forget what their children actually do for them.

On the other hand, most children compare their parents to other parents.  They feel as if they have a raw deal because their parents do not buy them the latest gadgets, toys, etc.  Children often forget to be grateful for what their parents actually do for them.

Here are 10 easy ways to show gratitude in your home:

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Record every simple loving gesture that your family does for each other in a gratitude journal.  This journal can be kept in a central place and any family member can add to it at any time.  Sharing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to increase the benefits of gratitude.
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10 Ways to Show Gratitude at Work

happy officeMost adults spend a majority of their waking hours at the workplace.  By simply showing a bit of gratitude and appreciation for your coworkers, you have the ability to transform your workplace into a fun and enjoyable environment for yourself and the hardworking people around you.  One of the biggest gifts you can give another is gratitude; for their efforts, for their commitment, and for their help.

Shawn Achor, founder and CEO of Good Think, Inc., says “the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce.”  Whether you intend to show your gratitude for your boss, support team, or peers, here are 10 effective ways to show gratitude in the workplace.

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10 Gratitude Quotes to Live By

Looking for some inspiration? Here’s 10 beautiful quotes from inspirational game changers from past to present.

  1. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
 ― Oprah Winfrey

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Top 10 Gratitude Journal Entries

gratitude journalA gratitude journal is a diary where one can express their gratitude for the things that make their life pleasant, happy, and meaningful.  By simply acknowledging and recording your gratefulness, over time, ones capacity for appreciation grows and a general outlook towards life takes on a happier tone.  Thankfulfor.com conducted a survey to determine what people are most thankful for.  As expected, results vary across demographics, gender, and age, but a few stand out as common among all.  If you’re looking for some inspiration for writing entries in your gratitude journal, here’s what others are grateful for.

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Gratitude Journey 1.3: Longer Entries

grateful for momToday, Prana to the People released Gratitude Journey 1.3 which supports longer entries with a maximum of 150 characters.  Since the app was first released, we’ve received numerous requests from our users to enhance the entry page to allow for more characters.  And we fully agree with you.  Sometimes a quick phrase just isn’t enough to describe the gratitude you have for certain people, places and things.

Today I’m grateful for my mother and being able to express it with Gratitude Journey.

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Be sure to click on the App Store icon, download Gratitude Journey 1.3,  and get rid of that pesky little ①.

 

Gratitude Journals and the Power of Sharing

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One of the most powerful ways to amplify the positive effects of keeping a gratitude journal (Wikipedia) is to share your appreciation for others.  This can be done by simply reaching out to the loved ones around you and thanking them for being they wonderful person they are.  Kind gestures such as thank-you letters, phone calls, and dinners have a profound effect on both the giver and receiver.

Dr. Martin Seligman is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  In a placebo controlled empirical study, Dr. Seligman confirmed the effect of sharing gratitude.  In his experiment, participants were given a week to compose and deliver a letter of gratitude to a person who had been kind to them, but had not been thanked.  The gratitude visit was composed of four steps:

  1. Think of someone who has done something wonderful for you, but who had not been property thanked
  2. Reflect on the benefits you received from this person and record it in a gratitude journal
  3. Write a letter of gratitude, expressing thanks for all he or she has done for you
  4. Arrange a time to deliver the letter and spend some time with this person

The results were profound.  Participants reported increased happiness for a month after the gratitude visit.

Gratitude Journey Update:

gratitude journey logoAcknowledging the many requests from the Gratitude Journey fan base, Prana to the People has committed to upgrading our app to support sharing functions.  This will include Facebook posts and emailing.  This new feature will offer users an opportunity to share their gratitude with others and increase the happiness of their communities.  This update is planned for release mid-2013.

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Getting the Most out of a Gratitude Journal

gratitude diaryCheck out this article written by Prana to the People founder Matt Elmore.  This article goes over some best practices for keeping a gratitude journal.  This same techniques and recommendations can be used for the journal app Gratitude Journey.

  • How often to make entries
  • How many entries to make
  • What to focus on
  • How long to do it for
  • Who should you share with

The article can be found here on EzineArticles: Click here