- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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?