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The Magic Box of Gratitude


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A character teaching activity to reinforce gratitude

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The Magic Box of Gratitude

  1. 1. Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education THE MAGIC BOX (OF GRATITUDE) References Emmons and McCullough- Counting Blessings Versus Burdens Dr Daniel Seligman –The Three Blessings Julia K. Boehm and Sonja Lyubomirsky– The Promise of Sustainable Happiness Dr Daniel Kahneman – The Riddle of experience versus Memory – Character Strengths and Corresponding Behaviours
  2. 2. 1 BOX Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  3. 3. 10 students Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  4. 4. 100 Blessings Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  5. 5. Overview The activity is based on the belief that every school should be a Positive Institution The Magic Box is introduced to students at the beginning of the academic year Character teaching is part of Dual Purpose lessons, along with ESL (English Second Language) It is a school-wide, year-long activity Learners introduced to it at their first year cultivate a climate of gratitude that passes on to new students joining the school Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  6. 6. Adaptations based on the course Specific behaviours and benefits of gratitude are discussed in class to “close the knot” and create repeatable strategies The “why” for each grateful moment is asked The activity is placed at the end of the lesson to create a positive memory of the lesson A monthly letter of gratitude has been added Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  7. 7. Procedure • Facilitator introduces the idea of gratitude with a video of a school in an under-privileged area • Reasons why people can be grateful for are discussed and written in pairs • Description of gratitude behaviours are written on board • Notice when other people help • Show appreciation for the good things & opportunities in life • Express appreciation by saying "thank you" • Do something nice for someone else as a way of saying "thank you” • Facilitator asks learners what they think are the benefits of showing gratitude Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  8. 8. Procedure • Learners are instructed to write one thing they are grateful for that day/week and explain why in a small piece of paper • Facilitator creates the first paper as an example • Everyone shares with the class • Feedback is given by the facilitator, bearing the triangle of micro-moments in mind NOTE: It is in the discretion of the facilitators whether they want to ask the papers signed off. Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  9. 9. RULES Participants Facilitator Everyone must share in the magic box at least once a week Encourage students to vary in their responses and explain the reason for their gratitude. Remember to say “why” you are grateful Keep the “triangle” in mind when giving feedback Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education Other larners Show respect while listening, respond by thanking your classmates for sharing (quiet clapping or thumbs-up are a good choice as well)
  10. 10. Creating Repeatable Strategies Monthly Yearly Once a month, thank someone you are grateful to. You can do that in person, through a letter, an email, a note a card or any other way you wish. If you want to, share in groups the first Monday of the month At the last lesson of the year, hold a “ceremonial opening” of the box and remember all the blessings we had during the year. Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education
  11. 11. Benefits Learners • recognise the positive side of life more easily • are much more helpful and empathetic to others • are more optimistic and joyful • develop repetitive strategies towards showing gratitude School • the positive culture of the school is reinforced with learners thanking both each other and teachers around the school Family • families are also positively affected Effie Kyrikakis - Winners Education