Evidence That It Works
According to research, trust involves several factors, including reliability (knowing a person will come through for you), competence (a person has the skills to complete a project on time), honesty (accepting responsibility for one’s actions), and openness (sharing of personal information); however, studies have found that the most important factor contributing to trust is positive intentions.
In other words, if we sense that a person wishes us well and wants the best for us, then we will continue to trust that person, even if they are not always perfectly reliable or competent.
Why Does It Matter?
Trust is the foundation of healthy relationships, and feeling accepted and appreciated by one’s peers is critical to a student’s well-being and success in school. Playing games that cultivate trust helps to create a classroom climate where all students feel that they belong and are valued by one another.