- “THREE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE”. Participants were asked to write down three things that went well each day and their causes every night for one week. In addition, they were asked to provide a causal explanation for each good thing.”
- “USING SIGNATURE STRENGTHS IN A NEW WAY.” Participants were asked to take our inventory of character strengths online at www.authentichappiness.org and to receive individualized feedback about their top ﬁve (“signature”) strengths (Peterson et al., 2005a). They were then asked to use one of these top strengths in a new and different way every day for one week.”
- The source of “THREE GOOD
THINGS IN LIFE” are tefillot such as, Ma tovu, Modeh Ani, Modim
Anahnu Lakh, and all the Berachot
that we say on an ongoing basis. When you daven/pray tomorrow with your
kids, stop before you say Ma tovu and ask them to write three things that
are tov, good, in their lives. Ask them to explain why. This exercise can
be adapted later on when you ask them to list what they would like to be
good and how they can make it happen. Similar activities can be done when
reading Modeh Ani – “for what am I grateful – to God, to my parents... “
Guiding the kids in preparing a Grateful Diary in which they record what
they are grateful for every day is another exercise that will achieve this
focus on what is good, taking away some weight from what is not.
- The source of “USING SIGNATURE STRENGTHS IN A NEW WAY” can be found in tefillot/prayers such as the first paragraph of the Amida/Shmone Esrei, which reminds us of Avraham, Yizhak and Yaakov, forefathers, each of which is noted for a particular characteristic. Conduct a discussion about these characteristics. What were they? What do we learn from them? Then ask the students to make a list of their strengths, how they have used them in the past, and how they can adapt them to meet the immediate needs of the storm.