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5 minutes


Weekly / Monthly


Recycled paper and writing tools


To provide a fun way for students to send each other positive affirmations and to encourage an optimistic outlook amongst others

  • Provide context for the practice (see “Evidence” section).
  • Brainstorm examples of positive affirmation statements with the class.
  • Instruct students to write a positive affirmation.
  • Devise a signal, for example, using music as an indicator to start/stop.
  • When the signal is used, have students crumple their message and toss it.
  • Keep picking up and tossing the snowballs until the signal stops.
  • Then pick up one and read it to yourself.
  • Repeat a few times if desired.

Noticing joy and positivity, and sharing kindness, can be helpful in maintaining an optimistic worldview. Many evidence-based programs designed to enhance optimism and reduce depressive symptoms utilize activities that help students to “find the silver lining” in situations. Optimism helps students in the following ways: 1) it is a protective factor for both mental and physical health, 2) it supports resiliency, 3) it is associated with positive coping skills, 4) it predicts positive outcomes after adverse events, and 5) it benefits overall health and well-being (Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor, 2010).

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lawlor, M. S. (2010). The effects of a mindfulness-based education program on pre-and early adolescents’ well-being and social and emotional competence. Mindfulness, 1(3), 137-151.