Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Website of the Week: Optimist World

Students at my school have pretty tough lives already. Because of the way they are portrayed they often turn their nose up at watching the news or reading the media, and they are often bitterly cynical about the world.

To get around this I have started sharing during form time. Optimist World provides daily 'good news' stories about the positive things happening in the world. For examples, diseases that have been cured, lost items that have been returned to owners or amazing sporting feats.

Gimundo also has updated good news to share. Updates were very rare until recently but it now appears to have new owners and is re-establishing itself.

Starting the day with positive emotions has been shown to broaden students' thinking repertoires and build long-term resilience. So go on, try and share a little happiness today.