WELLBEING- LESSON 7-
PART 1- (5 MINUTES)
- studies have found that those people who are more generous tend to be happier, less depressed and healthier (Smith & Davidson, 2014)
- when we receive an act of kindness, we are more likely to “pay it forward”, or pay it back to the person who was kind towards us (Tsvetkova & Macy, 2014; Jordan, Rand, Arbesman, Fowler, & Christakis, 2013).
By the end of this lesson, learners should:
- identify at least one person who is in need of some kindness or generosity
- make and record two kindess / generosity commitments to act on in the next week
PART 2- watch and reflect- (5 MINUTES)
PART 3- WATCH AND THEN CLASS BRAINSTORM- (10-15 MINUTES)
As a class, brainstorm as many ideas as you can that give ideas to people in terms of the sorts of actions that could be taken for other people. Include those actions in the clip, but also think of many more together. When we look for opportunities, we tend to find them.
PART 4- WORKBOOK COMMITMENTS- (10 MINUTES)
In your workbook, make two kindness / generosity commitments you will act on in the next week. Write them down.
You must consider:
a) who will you help? (it may be "random", or it may be directed at someone you know- in which case it is intentional- not random. However, it may still be "random" for the person who unexpectedly receives a kind / generous gesture.)
b) what will you do?
c) when will you do it?
d) how would you expect to feel after you have acted on your kindness commitments?
COMMENTS FOR TEACHERS: Kindness is a simple act towards others. It requires us to be open to others, to really seeing other people, and to notice other people and their needs. Some of the acts taht are appreciated the most are those that fill a need that someone has. It is not about doing a kind act just for the sake of it, or so that the kindness will boomerang back or be paid forward (even though that is a nice thought). More importantly, kindness is about doing good, regardless of the outcome.
PART 5- SPACE COUNTING- (10 MINUTES)
Have some fun with your partner with this activity. Play this clip in sections to your class so that they can have a go, and follow along with the clip. Alternatively, teachers should preview the clip and then run the activity as they wish.
There are two reasons for this activity. One is to add a sense of fun in the classroom. The other is to focus on cooperation, and the need to trust your partner.
Students are to complete one or both of the kindness / generosity commitments they made in Part 4. In addition, students are challenged to notice other opportunities during the next week to make a kind act and go out and do it. They should note what they did and reflect on it. Some students might share with the class next lesson.
CONCLUDING REMARKS FOR TEACHER TO SHARE
In this Module, we have look at several different areas, or ways to wellbeing. We understand that there is a strong correlation between wellbeing and performance. We have studied PERMA, healthy body, character strengths, active constructive responding and kindness. While each of the strategies studied is supported by a great deal of evidence, not every strategy will be as helpful for every person. We suggest that you try out each of the strategies, and making an effort to stick with the one or two that are most helpful to you.