WELLBEING- LESSON 3-
PART 1- (5 MINUTES)
Few things in life are as important to our wellbeing as gratitude (Emmons, 2007).
Priming your brain to expect a favourable outcome, actually encodes your brain to recognise the outcome when it arises (Siefert & Patalano, 2001)
Gratitude correlates with goal attainment, high energy, positive moods, quality of sleep and more positive attitudes towards school and family (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
By the end of this lesson, learners should:
understand what gratitude is and why it is important
identify things for which they are grateful
begin a gratitude journal
PART 2- LASER TAG- (10 MINUTES)
Teachers preview this activity to have some fun with your group. Or watch it all the way through for full instructions as a class. Change partners after 3 minutes, or arrange a game of elimination.
Debrief: In this activity, we are required to "laser in" on our partner's leg. In our lives, we may need a similar level of laser focus to identify the good things and be grateful. Being grateful is a helpful way for most people to improve their wellbeing, so let's turn our laser focus to gratitude in this lesson.
PART 3- WATCH AND DISCUSS- (10 MINUTES)
PART 4- WATCH AND BRAINSTORM- (10 MINUTES)
In the next 90 seconds, write down as many things as you can that you are grateful for. They can be as simple or extravagant as you like.
Teacher notes: Sometimes, we find it easy to think of lots of things to be grateful for. At other times, we might struggle to come up with a few. It is useful to raise our awareness of the little things that we can appreciate that we often overlook. However, sometimes we might need some support. If there are students in the class that are genuinely struggling with this activity, let them know it is "OK" to not be able to list many things that they are currently grateful for. If particular students seem agitated by the activity, it is worth noting that and checking in with them, as they may need extra support. It might be that you could support a student by referring them to some of the mental health services available: https://www.australiacounselling.com.au/top-mental-health-organisations/, or the school counsellor.
PART 5- HOMEWORK - GRATITUDE JOURNAL
For the next 7 days, write down 3 things you are grateful for each night before you go to bed (or at another time each day that suits you). One form of gratitude encourages us to see things that we don't usually see, and appreciating them.