60 Positive Activities for Every Classroom by Teresa X. Nguyen and Nathaniel Cayanan is a fun-filled resource with activities that can easily be used as fillers, enders or energizers.
I wanted to review this book because I’m a huge fan and student of positive psychology. Although the book does not explicitly mention the science of this fastest growing form of psychology, the activities are designed to engage students in meaningful experiences individually and with others and increase their positive emotions.
The Importance of Positive Emotions
Positive emotions, like awe, surprise, love, joy, and gratitude promote new and creative actions, ideas, and strengthen social bonds. When students experience positive emotions, their minds broaden and they open up to new possibilities and ideas. (Frederickson, 2009). There is fascinating research on laughter too so the activities in the book that elicit laughter induce warm fuzzy feelings in our students as well as...