Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fishful Thinking Thursday - "Good News!"

Have you signed up for Fishful Thinking's monthly newsletter yet? I get so much out of them. Dr. Reivich always shares such great info & ideas!

Here's one that popped into my inbox just this morning:

One way to help your children develop Realistic Optimism (seeing the good without denying the bad...and choosing to focus on the positive aspects of a situation, while still learning from, and accepting, the negative aspects) is to help them notice the good in the world around them. You can make a "Good News" poster or bulletin board, where you and your children post newspaper clippings, photographs, or a written description of good news stories you hear (e.g., acts of kindness, successes, moments of joy, etc.). By teaching your children to notice goodness, you will help them value goodness and they will learn to be on the lookout for it.

I love this idea. We'll have to make a poster or even start a "Good News" journal as a family. Dr. Reivich has mentioned that as well in one of our faculty conference calls. With all the crazy things that happen in this world, it's really helpful to be reminded of all of the awesome things that surround us too!

Have any Fishful thoughts or activities to share?
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raising4boys said...

When I read this today I thought about how we do "Good news Minute" in Relief Society. I don't know if your ward does that, but wouldn't it be fun to have a "Good News Minute" at the dinner table every night?

raising4boys said...

Jenny Ramsey said...

i LOVE this idea. we are hanging up the board today and can't wait to fill it with all the good things out there!