This week we will be focussing on having a Growth Mindset. I have written about the concept of Growth Mindset on this blog before, but in order to grow and succeed, it is important to keep working on things, to keep trying, to try new things and literally grow your brain. Having a growth mindset is about attitude too and not giving up when something seems too hard.
Gratitude means being thankful for the good things that happen and thanking others often.
These are some of the benefits of being grateful:
- It helps you to be in the present by noticing what you do have and stopping to acknowledge it. This can be the company of a person, having food, or even being able to see.
- Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Good feelings and positive energy arise when you start acknowledging what you are grateful for.
- It generates good vibrations. Quantum physics applied to positive thinking state that the vibrations of your thoughts affect and modify the reality around you.
Even if you are feeling negative when you start looking at what you are grateful for, you won’t be able to hold the negative emotion for very long.
You can make being grateful one of your positive habits as you understand the importance of being grateful.
You can also choose to write a list of at least ten things you are grateful for at the end of your day.
This will put you in a good mood before going to sleep and will help you to welcome the next day with an open and grateful attitude.
Furthermore, you could keep a gratitude journal to create progressively a more permanent grateful attitude.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
This week our Character Strength focus is “Love”.
Love can be defined in four different ways…..
Attachment love: parent for child; child for parent
Compassionate/altruistic love: kindness
Companionate love: friendship, and
Romantic love: spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
The Giving Tree is one of my favourite books. It contains important messages about love.
Here are some love quotes.
When you think of love – who do you think of?
We all love music and research has shown that listening to and participating in music enhances our wellbeing.
On Monday morning the grade 1-3 students were lucky to participate in a performance by “Zeeko” from Musica Viva. Musica Viva provide high quality musical education for students and it was a pleasure for us to engage in this live, interactive performance.
We learnt about a variety of musical instruments including bottles and a conch shell.
We all enjoyed the performance very much!
At Barwon Heads PS Kindness means
“I do and say things to make others happy”
Some reasons for being kind…….
Being kind feels good. Doing something for someone else really does make us feel good. Make someone smile and you’ll feel better for having done so.
Kindness broadens our perspective and gives us positive emotions. In order to be kind, we have to pay attention to what is happening around us. As we notice more things and help others, we get a glimpse of other ways of looking at things. A broader perspective helps us to be happier and to keep things in context.
Kindness softens our heart. When we look for kind deeds, beauty, and the opportunity for kindness, we’ll find that we are more compassionate and more tolerant. As we practice empathy, it opens our heart to others.
Kindness brightens our world. When we are kind to people, it makes them happy. The more people who experience kindness from us, the more happy people will be in our lives. When those around us are happier, our world becomes a brighter, lighter place to live.
Kindness helps people feel respected and less alone. By recognizing someone’s need for help and acting on it in a compassionate manner, it makes the recipient feel valued. It also makes the giver feel better about themselves and more connected.
Kindness makes people want to be around us. One of the most common responses to kindness is gratitude. People appreciate what we’ve done for them. Our kindness is very attractive, so they want to be around us and actually seek us out.
Kindness bears wonderful fruit. Kindness begets kindness, openness, health and reduces the effects of stress on our bodies and our hearts
Kindness begets kindness. When you are kind to others, the impact of your action doesn’t stop there. There are a couple of sayings, “What goes around comes around”, and ” A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple.” Many times the recipient of your kindness and others who see or hear about your kindness are inspired to be kinder. The ripples of kindness are truly endless.
Student examples of acts of kindness
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
When did you show kindness to someone else?
“I think carefully and make good choices”
Motto: Think before you act.
“Make smart choices,” is a rule that can be easily applied to primary school students. There are many ways to share how it works. Discuss the smart and foolish choices made by characters in a story, famous historical individuals, students in the playground. Before beginning a science experiment or art activity, ask kids to talk about the wisest and silliest decisions that can be made.
Some examples of books wherein the characters display prudence include:
“Can I Join Your Club” shows the main character being rejected by the other animals and making the decision to make his own club where everyone belongs.
“The Ant and the Grasshopper” is a fable wherein the organised ant plans for the Winter while the arrogant and lazy grasshopper makes fun of the ant. The grasshopper regrets his not so prudent decision making later!
Everyone knows the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and the boy’s unwise decision to trick the villagers more than once. His behaviour also backfires.
Finally, “How to Heal a Broken Wing,” by Bob Graham shows a little boy in a sea of adults making the prudent and kind decision to help a bird lying injured on the pavement.
Jemima wrote: Prudence means….Think before you act and make good choices. If you make a bad choice, at the end of the day think of three good things that happened today.
Matilda wrote: Prudence means….Making good choices and thinking carefully. I choose which path to follow, which line to draw, which balloon to float me and hopefully I choose right.
Can you think of a time when you or the character in a book have shown prudence?
At Barwon Heads PS, having hope is to look forward to the future and believing that good things are going to happen.
Motto: Be positive, especially when others are not.
Hope means that you expect the best in the future, and you work hard to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
This is why we associate hope with setting goals. We set personalised smart goals that are:
According to research optimists are:
- More successful in sport, work and athletics
- Healthier and live longer
- Less anxious Reference:https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_benefits_of_optimism
An activity to activate hope and optimism is to write about things that you are looking forward to in the short term and/or distant future.
What are you looking forward to?