Building resilience and positivity at Internationella Engelska Skolan Arsta
Developing and maintaining resilience and positivity in schools as we come out of the Covid era is going to be more important than ever before. Supporting staff to understand what makes them happy and therefore more resilient is a great way to help the whole school community feel more positive as life begins to return to normal.
We may still be stuck in Lockdown 3.0, but it hasn’t stopped Lead Happiness Consultant and fridge magnet connoisseur, Dave Keeling, from travelling the world from the comfort of his own sitting room.
Plugged in, wifi’d up and coming to a Zoom near you, Dave was buzzing to be asked to run a FLIP-it Thinking session for staff at Internationella Engelska Skolan Arsta, a bilingual school in Stockholm, Sweden.
The challenge was to focus on building resilience and positivity - which we can all do with a bit more of at the moment. Dave had 60-minutes to craft a fast-paced, interactive session that would provide participants with a resilience toolkit, full of tips and tricks that would help them feel more positive, both professionally and personally.
Staff members interacted throughout, using the chat function to share thoughts, feelings and ideas in and around content such as:
- Getting a dose of happiness
- Processing thoughts
- Shifting your focus from reactive to proactive
- The power of words and the cycle of change
Participants left the session not only thinking and laughing, but with a clear understanding of how to build resilience by flipping thoughts and behaviours to get better outcomes.
Dave didn’t get a fridge magnet on this occasion, but hopes he’ll get a chance to go to Sweden when the world rights itself and he can actually leave his house!
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