Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living — and maintains that what is good in life is as genuine as what is bad. Positive psychology’s 24 character strengths are grounded in extensive research and analysis that resulted in the landmark 800-page book Character Strengths and Virtues.
Character Strengths and Virtues presents evidence that all 24 strengths exist in every person — and in all cultures of the world. Character strengths define who, not what, a person is. Ranging from bravery and forgiveness to integrity and gratitude, these character strengths are the foundation of The Positivity Project’s model.
We have joined the Positivity Project which builds on 24 character strengths. The students will be introduced to each strength such that they can embed into the curriculum in content areas. The goal is for each child to recognize that each of them come with strengths acknowledging that each of the children has the power to affect others in a positive way #OtherPeopleMatter. These positive character strengths can and will be acknowledged in the classroom. Click here to peruse the list of character strengths. The teachers will be communicating the timing of the words and the calendar. The teachers have also identified a character strength, and we will be building a word wall for students to view and follow.
Parents may also support the Positivity Project. You may use the character strengths vocabulary and have discussions at home. Some ideas would be to help your child understand the character in themselves and others in a different light.