WEEK 28- Sharing our grateful moments
Positive emotions and relationships
Teachers to read and facilitate the following:
It is well documented that there are many benefits to practising gratitude. The expression of gratitude is associated with happiness, wellbeing, life satisfaction, optimism, forgiveness, enthusiasm and love (Emmons, 2007). Sharing and acknowledging what we are grateful for is one of the most powerful of all positive psychology tools. Research has found it to increase happiness and decrease depressive symptoms for up to six months (Seligman et al, 2005).
Description of Positive Education Practice: Sharing our grateful moments with others
Think about a moment in your life that you are grateful for. It can be big or small.
Share this moment with your elbow partner. Explain how it made you feel and why it happened.
Practice active listening while your partner shares. Ask them one follow-up question about their moment, and invite them to share a little more.
“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” — Albert Schweitzer
UPP’s Positive Education Practices
A Positive Education Practice (PEP) is an evidenced-based positive psychology intervention, applied in school communities or other educational settings. At UPP, we have tried to make these PEP’s simple, concise and relevant for students and their teachers. The six pillars for the Positive Education Practices are: Positive emotion (P); Engagement (E); Relationships (R); Meaning (M); Accomplishment (A); and, Health (H).
We hope that these evidence-based tools of positive psychology will enhance help people to thrive and live their best life, both within and beyond the school gates.
For more activities like this (and much more), check out THRIVE Online Lesson Modules for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.
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