Commencing with a state-of-the-science overview by Professor Barbara Fredrickson, this chapter explores the broaden-and-build theory and the role that positive emotions play in triggering upward spirals to wellbeing. It is proposed that helping students and staff to develop skills and knowledge that enable them to anticipate, initiate, experience, prolong, and build positive emotions is central to their experience of school as well as their effective learning. The chapter then explores how positive emotions such as love, hope, contentment, and pride can be infused into daily school life. It showcases the role that gratitude and savoring play in creating thriving schools, and explores how “hunting the good stuff” and celebrating “what went well” are implemented throughout the Geelong Grammar School community. Also discussed are skills and strategies for promoting the emotional health of students and staff.
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