What is Hope?

Hope is knowing there is a way to reach your goals and believing that you will get there.

Hope is the will to get to your goals and looking for different paths to get you there.

Hope is about goal setting, planning how to achieve them and taking actions to do so.


Resources for Families
Researcher Brene Brown talks the truth about hope and how failure is a necessary part of it.
Former NFL player Reggie Rivers talks about reaching goals by focusing on behaviours (geared
to adults)

What is Empathy?

Empathy is placing yourself in another person’s shoes and thinking about how others may be feeling.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person.

It is accurately identifying and responding to other people’s emotions, thoughts, wants and needs.

Resources for Families
• YouTube: Empathy 101: Parents: Start by Sharing, not Asking – Mary Gordon
– Ashoka
• “A Neuroscientist on How to Really Read to Kids”, Psychology Today
– www.psychologytoday.com
• “How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy With Their Children”, Harvard
School Education – mcc.gse.harvard.edu
• “How to Master Your Emotions”, Psychology Today –



What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is about noticing, acknowledging and
appreciating the things in your life.
It is the quality of being thankful.
Gratitude is a readiness to show appreciation
for and to return kindness.

Deeper Reflection
Gratitude is a personality trait, a mood, and an emotion.
Gratitude is the feeling of happiness that comes from expressing appreciation.
When you are in a grateful mood, more grateful emotions will flow through you.
People with a more grateful personality will experience grateful moods and
grateful emotions more often

Resources for Families

• Writing and delivering a thank you note can actually make you happier
• Keeping track of what you’re grateful for can make you feel more optimistic
about the week ahead
• Leading gratitude researcher, Robert Emmons, suggests a good way to
increase your feelings of gratitude is to embrace the setbacks you experience
in life
• Use visual reminders to help you remember to count your blessings
• A study demonstrated that people doing a gratitude exercise (versus those
that did not), put much more effort into reaching their goals and made
measurably more progress toward them – 20% more! This may be due to the
energetic effects of gratitude
• Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward
school and their families
• Grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life, but they
focus on the positive
• Check out OMazing Kids on Facebook – a great list of fun ideas for families