Evidence That It Works
A study of mainly white, female university students found that the experience of positive emotions on a daily basis was related to increased resilience and life satisfaction, and served as a buffer to negative emotions. In addition, the research confirmed that the in-the-moment beneficial effects of positive emotions can help lead to long-term growth.
Why Does It Matter?
Teaching is an incredibly stressful job that can lead to high levels of burnout and attrition. More and more, teachers are recognizing that cultivating their own social-emotional skills is critical for their well-being.
Hence, a practice that guides educators to focus on and experience the benefits of positive emotions can help to reinforce teachers’ understanding of and commitment to their own well-being, which will ultimately benefit their students and the whole school.