‘I believe in hope!’ – Ted Lasso

If there was one key takeaway after inhaling all three series of Ted Lasso in record time, it is that his positivity was infectious, it drew people in and it built belief.

One of the favourite quotes direct from Ted mouths was “you could fill two internets with what I don’t know about football.” Well Ted, there’s lots of attention to what you know about people!

Being positive is a good thing, right? Of course, it is! For everyone.

In a study that assessed the influence of four different models on depressive symptoms in adolescents, it was found that positive outlook was the strongest predictor for change in the severity of depression over 36 weeks. In this study, positive outlook was defined as positive future focus and positive views of oneself and the world. Findings from the study suggested that monitoring the positivity of a young person’s outlook could offer a useful indicator of their mental health status. The results also indicated that intervention measures that focus on improving levels of hope and positive thinking could be more effective in decreasing symptoms of depression in adolescents than measures targeting the reduction of negative thinking.

The effect of positive thinking on happiness was observed in this research project that examined positive, neutral and negative thoughts about the future and the consequent effect on happiness and anxiety. The results of the study showed that engaging in positive thoughts about the future boosted overall happiness and positivity. It was also demonstrated that engaging in neutral thoughts about the future reduced anxiety.

Another study aimed to create positive future expectancies in participants by asking them to imagine and write about their best possible self. Imagining a positive scenario increased both positive affect and positive future expectancies. The study proposed that mental simulation and expectancy of a positive scenario led to the same outcomes that real progress towards a goal achieves: increased positive affect, optimism and confidence.

How do schools develop a positive future focus within their students?

The wonderful team at Big Life Journal share seven activities to boost positivity that can easily be incorporated into the classroom to help your students. They are;

  1. Loving kindness mediations.
  2. Helping others.
  3. Recording ‘awe’ moments.
  4. Setting and achieving goals.
  5. Sharing positivity.
  6. Developing new skills and trying new activities.
  7. Practicing positive affirmations.

Access the full article here.

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