When students take time to see the best in themselves, it supports them individually, socially, and academically. In this lesson, students will take time to highlight their successes and learn how to send loving wishes to themselves.
Students will be able to identify the positive qualities in themselves and practice heartfulness by sending kind wishes to themselves.
Join students together in a circle, seated on the rug or in chairs.
Ask one student volunteer to join you at the front of the room.
Ask the rest of them to turn to a partner.
Explain that in a moment, they will give their partner three compliments (or say positive things about them).
Model for the class by working with the student volunteer and giving each other three compliments. If possible, share observable behavior as evidence of your compliments, and guide students to do the same. Instead of simply saying, "You are nice," or "I think you are cool," you could say, "I appreciate how helpful you are. An example of this was yesterday, when you put up the chairs of everyone at your table who was absent without even being asked."
Tell the partners to decide who will first give compliments.
Ask each of the partners to share compliments for their peer.
Then, have the partners switch roles.
Bring the class back together.
Ask them how it felt to give compliments, and how it felt to receive them.