Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the SPHE curriculum.
This Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. It is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive.
The Weaving Well-Being programme gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas. A growing body of research shows that positive emotions are linked to increased well-being.
This Positive Emotions programme consists of ten lessons which are designed to promote and cultivate positive emotions using five specific strategies. Each strategy is presented as an `ingredient’ which becomes part of the child’s `Positive Emotion Potion’. The `Positive Emotion Potion’ can then be used as a daily resource to help to provide opportunities to create and enhance positivity. Each lesson consists of a Powerpoint introduction, suggested development ideas, and specific activities in the children’s activity book. There is also a homework page consisting of an activity to be carried out over the week at home and reported back on. The children gradually build a highly personal portfolio of work reflecting the unique components which enhance their individual well-being and resilience. A pull -out parent guide is included in the children’s activity book to support parental involvement.