• Students will highlight the positive aspects in their lives
  • Students will express gratitude by identifying and showcasing beauty all around them
  • Students will be able to identify how perspective plays a role in a healthy mindset

Positive Vibes 5-7 min

  • Set up: Before starting, hang a piece of blank bulletin board paper on the wall. Hand out 5 Post-It notes to each person.
  • Each person should answer the following questions on their Post-It notes (1 response per Post-It).
    • Something I did well today.
    • Today I had fun when…
    • A positive thing I witnessed.
    • Today I accomplished…
    • Something I did for someone.
  • After you have completed your Post-It notes, post them on the blank piece of bulletin board paper.
  • Together, try to form the shape of a wave with all of the Post-It notes!
  • As a group, discuss the following processing questions:

Processing Questions

  • Was it difficult to think of answers to these questions. Why or why not?
  • What do you think the wave represents when you apply it to positive vibes?
  • Why do you think it is important to try to remember the positives every day when you are “riding the wave” of emotions?

Beautiful 10 min

As a group, discuss the following processing questions:

Processing Questions

  • Why do you think there was such a wide array of responses to being called beautiful?
  • What is one takeaway you have from this video that you can add to your daily life?
  • Why do you think some people didn’t take her seriously?
  • Did you notice people’s expressions change when they heard what her project was about?  Why do you think that happened?
  • Is there beauty around you everyday that you do not take time to notice or appreciate?

Tree of Beauty 15-20 min

  • Setup: Prepare an outline of a tree on a blank piece of bulletin board paper.
  • Split into groups of 4-5 people.
  • Using a polaroid camera, go around the school and take pictures of what you think is beautiful. It can be anything – people, things, places, etc! (just make sure they’re appropriate!) Spend about 10 minutes taking pictures.
    • It may be helpful to reflect on the previous discussion about perspective and how to tell your story of beauty
  • After you return from taking pictures, place your images on the “Tree of Beauty” posted on the wall.
  • Once everyone has returned, discuss the following processing questions:

Processing Questions

  • What types of things did you take pictures of?  What about them made them beautiful to you?
  • Did you run into anyone who did not want their pictures taken?  Why do you think that was?
  • What does this tree full of different images represent about beauty and mindset?
  • Remember that perspective is key to maintaining a healthy mindset, what do all of these pictures say about perspective?