Project Gratitude Web-Series

Project Gratitude, created by Diviya Lewis is an unscripted roundtable discussion with a diverse range of individuals, in the form of a web-series, exploring themes of modern society, unconscious beliefs, our fears, and this positivity movement, as it relates to our well-being and sense of belonging in our communities.

 

Gratitude is a concept that humans, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc., can relate to, and on a fundamental note, research has found it to be a core component of happiness, joy, and well-being. We live in a world where it is easy to hide behind screens, and harder to engage in face-to-face discussions, yet it is specifically these interactions that can be the most rewarding, and bring the greatest feelings of connection.

 

Project Gratitude seeks to bring these insights and perspective to the forefront of our awareness, so that viewers can learn, grow, be challenged, dig deep within themselves, and be inspired. Gaining a diverse understanding of the themes that emerged through the round-table discussions will hopefully provide viewers with an ability to greater understand and connect with others around them. Additionally, we hope it will provide a renewed sense of awareness, empathy, and perspective, to ultimately invite them to unlearn some habits, challenge some beliefs, and intentionally choose their thoughts and actions.

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Project Gratitude, created by Diviya Lewis is an unscripted roundtable discussion with a diverse range of individuals, in the form of a web-series, exploring themes of modern society, unconscious beliefs, our fears, and this positivity movement, as it relates to our well-being and sense of belonging in our communities.

01

Navigating Today's Stressors

In this episode, Diviya introduces her personal inspiration and why she hoped to make this web-series. You are introduced to some of the stressors in their personal and professional lives. Participants discuss what it is like in our workplaces today, recognizing how stressful it can be. Participants explore the fine balance of time, money, and happiness in today's society and share their learnings.

02

Core Beliefs & Social Media

In this episode, we introduce an exercise to explore some of our deeper rooted ingrained or core beliefs. In the discussion, participants share how words related to race, religion, time and love resonated, and surprised them. We also explored the reactions to social media, and learn from Bailey Parnell, through her research on social media, why it should be seen as a risky behaviour.

03

Fear of Not Belonging

In this episode, participants were invited to write down a fear, anonymously exchange it with others, and share what it might be like if they had that fear. Many fears overlapped, and participants found a shared humanity in voicing their fears and hearing others experience similar fears. This episode explores the fear of being alone, being excluding, the fear of not belonging. We also learn from Registered Psychotherapist, Scott Pope, about where our fears come from, and the evolutionary impact and need for belonging.

04

Fear of Being Mediocre, Not Fulfilling a Purpose

This episode continues to explore our fears, specifically a fear of not fulfilling a purpose, or being mediocre. Scott Pope, Registered Psychotherapist, shares a bit about the pressure in today's world, especially with millennials, and participants explore the challenge of asking for help in today's society. We recognize the impact of naming our fears, and the beauty in ambivalence as it moves us towards the life we want to be living.

05

Today's "Positivity" Movement

This episode explores the shift in today's society, with positive thinking being the new mandate, and trend. We explore some pitfalls, and explore the link between gratitude and positivity. Participants share their experiences with misconceptions and assumptions around gratitude and self-improvement, and the term "pragmatic pessimism" is introduced and discussed.

06

Languages of Appreciation

This episode invites viewers to consider the ways in which they feel appreciated, as well as how others might differ. We typically show our love and thanks in ways that we tend to feel heard, seen, and loved; however, if we start to bring awareness to the languages of the recipient, it forms a bridge to a new level of connection. Attendees share their personal stories, and remind us of 'the platinum rule', not just the golden rule.

07

The Power of Our Perception & The Magic of the Messy Middle

This episode introduces the concept of neuroplasticity, and the impact of reprogramming our minds. The attendees of the discussions share some of their most profound learnings and experiences that guide and shape their resilience. The creator, Diviya, shares her experience while making this web-series, as she explores the power of the messy middle.

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