Research from the field of positive psychology has laid the foundation for the GoStrengths! philosophy and programs. Positive psychology offers a balance to traditional psychology by going on beyond disease and disorder to focus on what is “right” with humanoids.
In the words of Chris Peterson, a pioneer in the field, “The most basic assumption that positive psychology urges is that human goodness and excellence are as authentic as disease, disorder and distress.”
Research-based Benefits of SEL Programs
A landmark review (pdf) of over 213 social and emotional learning interventions including over 270,034 kindergarten through high school students found that those students who receive SEL instruction not only had more positive attitudes about school, they also improved an average of 11 percent on standardized achievement tests compared to students who did not receive such instruction.
From Surviving to Thriving!
Decrease the Negative
Bad stuff will inevitably happen in life. The skills learned in GoStrengths! won’t teach you how to avoid these challenges; instead, you’ll learn how to cope with them! By increasing your resilience, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence, you’ll have the tools to bounce back from the ups and downs of life.
Increase the Positive!
Living a rockin’ life goes far beyond just reducing the bad stuff, humanoid. For true well-being, you need to focus on increasing the good stuff as well. That’s where GoStrengths! comes in. In this community, you can learn how to increase your optimism, social connections, self-confidence, and goal-setting skills.
It’s Time for Prevention!
In the late 1950s, 50 million people contracted smallpox each year. The real tragedy is that a vaccine had been developed 150 years earlier!
Earth is in another dire situation. Many youthlings are stressed and anxious. In fact, 1 in 5 will go through a major episode of depression by 18. Well-being is at risk. What if akin to the smallpox epidemic, a vaccine exists? What if instead of reacting to the problems of youthlings, we could work to prevent them? Watch the video to learn more.
GoStrengths! is just one of our animated programs for kids.