Have parents guess where they have seen these words before?Greater awareness of Wellbeing… via social networks, buzz articles… and just listening to our student body… “What kind of students are we cultivating?”Our department goals: ES/ MS/ HSSIP initiative – Wellness survey
http://www.isqols2009.istitutodeglinnocenti.it/Content_en/Huppert.pdfBroken down further by gender, age group, education, marital status, income, and health
5 minutesWe cannot teach or give to others what we don’t do or modelToday is an introduction… it’s not a 5 minute and get it, it’s a way of life
Write down on cards, provide pens/pencilsFind others with the same strengths as youWho found it challenging? Am I bragging or do I just know who I am and embrace things I can/ cannot do?On going process of taking stock… not letting
COUNSELORS TO FACILITATE Who found it challenging? Am I bragging or do I just know who I am and embrace things I can/ cannot do?On going process of taking stock… not letting
Happiness theory comes dangerously close to Aristotle’s monism because happiness is defined by life satisfaction.Well-being has several contributing elements that take us safely away from monismTheory of uncoerced choice….five elements that comprise of what free people will choose for their own sake
Positive Emotion – The pleasant life, pleasure, warmth, comfort… what we feelEngagement – In retrospect “That was fun”, being absorbed in an activityRelationships – Having people in your life that care about youMeaning – Something pursued for it’s own sake, belonging to and serving something you believe is bigger than yourself (practicing compassion and mindfulness)Accomplishment - This is not winning solely for winning’s sake
The search was conducted by 55 top social scientists over a period of three years beginning in 2001.6 over arching virtues/ that umbrella the 24 character strengths: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence – form a language of common groundThe VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey identifies traits of character (consistent traits people universally express across all areas of their life -- home, family, social life, work). Other instruments identify people's talents, skills, aptitudes and personality styles or preferences (such as being an introvert or extrovert) and frequently focus on a specific part of life, such as the workplace.We have control over the strengths… environmental influenceWe did this as a department – great exercise – printed out our strengths (OWING OUR STRENGTHS)
Positive Psychology Parent Coffee
October 2, 2013
School Mission & Philosophy
International School Manila
To build a vibrant learning community
…maintain healthy balance in the time
devoted to work, rest and recreation
Acknowledge and celebrate our
differences and encourage
…live our lives positively, joyfully, and
How do we measure the
success/prosperity of a
GDP vs. Happiness
What is wealth for?
Isn’t it for well-being?
“What comes first? Success or
Isabel Lilles, ISM Senior and Student Ambassador
University of Cambridge
International School Manila - J. Melton
What are your strengths?
Write down three things you do well
Find others that have similar strengths
Strength Group Discussion
What were your strengths growing up?
How were they recognized?
Who recognized them?
How did you utilize them?
What are your strengths now and have
What are your child’s strengths?
What Positive Psychology IS!
The study of what is RIGHT with people
Goes beyond being simply “happy”
The study of well-being
What makes life worth living
Supported by empirical research
Flourishing is the goal!
Removing misery + having PERMA
What Positive Psychology is
A tool to eliminate negative emotions
Simple positive thinking
“Positive Psychology should be just as concerned
with building strength as with repairing damage”. –
Fathers of Positive Psychology
Explores the science
and nature of
Happiness can be
nurturing traits we
Goes beyond Authentic
Happiness to explore
Happiness = monism
US Military & Resilience
training to help prevent
VIA Character Strengths
Virtues in Actions
They form the “backbone” of the science
of positive psychology
24 strengths we can use to build our best
lives for ourselves and others.
Wisdom and Knowledge
4. Love of Learning
Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and
use of knowledge
Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will
to accomplish goals in the face of
opposition, external or internal
12. Social Intelligence
Interpersonal strengths that involve tending and
15. Social Intelligence
Civic strengths that underlie healthy community life
Strengths that protect against excess
20. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
Strengths that forge connections to the larger
universe and provide meaning
VIA and Me
Choose a partner
Review the chart of strengths
Identify what you think 2 of your strengths
Share with your partner a time in the last
week where that strength has been
VIA Strengths Online