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.